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90th anniversary of Klaipeda Port Transfer to Lithuania

90th anniversary of Klaipeda Port Transfer to Lithuania
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This Saturday, on June 29, Lithuania Post will release a new souvenir sheet to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Klaipėda port transfer to Lithuania. The author of the souvenir sheet is Ray Bartkus, one of the most famous Lithuanian artists.

“This is the first stamp I have ever created. Postage stamps are subject to rather strict requirements. Nevertheless, the wish to test myself in creating another format has prompted me to take up this work.

I happened to visit Klaipėda several years ago. The city made a charming impression, especially a neat Old Town and considerably renewed port. I am very glad I could create a postage stamp to the Lithuanian seaport town”, Mr Bartkus said.

The souvenir sheet The 90th anniversary of Klaipėda Port Transfer to Lithuania will be released in the edition of 25 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 7. The sheet features the water area of the Klaipėda Port with a receding ship. The stamp features a stylized ship anchor.

On the date of issue postal correspondence paid by the new souvenir sheet will be marked by the first day cancellation. Along with the souvenir sheet, the first day cover and the first day sheet will be released.

Klaipėda was annexed to Lithuania in January of 1923; however, the seaport became part of Lithuania only after half a year on June 27.

In 1939, as demanded by Hitler, Klaipėda along with the port was transferred to Germany. Nevertheless, the Germans allowed Lithuania to use part of the quay. The free zone in the port survived until 1940 when the governance in Lithuania was taken over by the Soviet Union.

About the author: Ray (Rimvydas) Bartkus (born in 1961) is currently residing in New York. The artist worked as an illustrator in such publications as Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Harper’s, The Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Smart Money, and Business Weekly. His works were obtained by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Lithuania Art Museum, collectors from the USA, Canada, Lithuania, Germany, France and other countries. Mr Bartkus made the design of 50 litas banknote.

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