Showing in the Lithuania supplement pagesBud's Big Blue
I’ve sorted through hundreds of feeder albums in building my collection, including nine this past week. It netted me an additional 37 stamps I didn’t have, all of which fit somewhere In Scott’s International volumes 2 through 5 or on volume 1’s supplement pages. Such treasure hunts are always enjoyable, I find, even when the “treasures” have very small CVs and, sadly, even less resale value. I think none of my new 37 would go for more five cents.
But once in a while, as the old saw goes, even a blind pig finds an acorn.
The Lithuania pages have one such acorn. Scott # B43 is supposed to be green and dark green (see above). However, the stamp on page 6, magnified below, is brown and dark brown, a variety Scott does not list. Hummmm.
Showing in BB’s Lithuania spaces
Well, it’s not an upside-down Jenny equivalent, but it is a significant error and I’ve seen another such sell on eBay for more than $1000. It’s enough to make a blind pig continue the hunt.
Don’t remind me that forgers have played havoc with Lithuania stamps and that my B43 error might be bogus. Let me enjoy my acorn! Anyway, I’ve been encouraged by those who are supposed to know authentic acorns when they see them that mine is real.
Census: 163 in BB spaces, three tip-ins, 236 on supplement pages.
Enjoy the luminous cultural beauty of stamps from independent Lithuania between the World Wars!
The history turns much darker between 1939 and 1944.
The Red Army invaded Poland on September 19,1939. In exchange for "allowing" 20,000 Soviet troops within Lithuania, Vilnius was returned to Lithuania. On June 14,1940, the Soviets demanded the formation of a pro-soviet government. 150,000 additional troops crossed over into Lithuania, and Lithuania lost its independence.
With the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany, the Nazis occupied Lithuania on June 24, 1941. Policy decisions were made by high ranking Germans, but much of the lower government was in the hands of Lithuanians, as the Germans did not have enough manpower to staff everything. The Holocaust in Lithuania was efficient and brutal. Between June, 1941- July 1944, 91% of the Lithuanian Jews (191,000) were liquidated.
The USSR re-occupied Lithuania in July,1944, and the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic was re-established.
It is estimated that Lithuania lost 780,000 people during WW II.
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