1937 Covers

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Wilno 4.III.37 Commemorative Cover to Wileńska, Poland
This cover is a philatelic cover, without contents, hence sent as "printed matter" at the required rate of 5gr. The stamp is from the 1935 "Scenic" series (Fischer 280) and canceled with "WILNO KIERMASZ KAZIUKOWY, 4.III.37" which was used by the Wilno 1 post office during the annual "Casimier's Fair".

Wilno 2, Machine Advert, 27.III.37 to Lȩczyca,Poland
Here is a rather nice Easter postcard sent with the correct inland rate of 15gr, paid with a 15gr from the "Scenic" series (1935, Fischer 282). The machine advertising cancel is printed in two separate boxes. The first box which is all but missing on the left would state "NALEPIAJCIE ZNACZKI w TYM ROGU KOPERTY" followed by an arrow pointing to the top right. This translates as "Affix stamp at this corner of the envelope". The second box, as seen to the right of the postcard reads  "WZOROWA KOPERTA HANDLOWA" and "NAZWA ADRES FIRMY | ADRESAT", which translates to "Sample of business envelope", "Business name and address | Addressee".  The circular cancel is dated "WILNO 2, 27.III.37".

Wilno 1c, 14.IV.37 Registered Letter to Paris, France
This Jozef Zawadzki Print & Bookshop commercial printed envelope was sent as a registered letter to the Recueil Sirey Library in Paris. The foreign registered fee for a letter to 20g was 1zl. This was paid for using stamps from the 1935 "Scenic" series: a single 10gr (Fischer 281) and strip of three 30gr (Fischer 285). These are tied by four strikes of "WILNO 1c, 14.IV.37". There is a black registration hand-stamp Wilno 1c along with a red hand-stamp "KONTROLA DEWIZOWA PRZEPROWADZONA" meaning "Exchange Control Completed".  At present I am not sure why or when this postal requirement was employed. This official censor control was carried out at a different office as denoted by the cancel "WILNO 1ł, 14.4.37". On the reverse there is a receiving cancel, partially readable "PARIS V, DIST..... 16.4.37".


Wilno 2, Machine Advert, Letter 15.IV.37
This is a a rather strange cover. It was sent from one branch of the Ubezpieczalnia Społeczna w Wilnie (The Społeczna Insurance Company in Wilno) to another of their offices. Unfortunately I cant read that handwritten destination within the purple hand-stamp in the center of the envelope. What is interesting is that there was no need to write the actual address! The postage for an inland letter, 25gr was paid with two stamps from the 1935 "Scenic" series; 5gr (Fischer 280 ) and a 20gr (Fischer 283).  At least this tells us the destination was not local.
The machine advertising cancel is printed in two separate boxes. The first box reads "NALEPIAJCIE ZNACZKI w TYM ROGU KOPERTY" followed by an arrow pointing to the top right. This translates as "Affix stamp at this corner of the envelope". The second box, as seen to the right of the postcard reads  "WZOROWA KOPERTA HANDLOWA" and "NAZWA ADRES FIRMY | ADRESAT", which translates to "Sample of business envelope", "Business name and address | Addressee".  The circular cancel is dated "WILNO 2, 15.IV.37". The rear of the envelope bears a large company hand-stamp in purple "Ubezpieczalnia Społeczna w Wilnie | Pieczȩć do listów". This translates to "Społeczna Insurance Company of Wilno | Sealed Letter".

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