Rhode Island Around
the World - International Mail
1931 Postcard from Pagegiai, Lithuania to
Real Photo Postcard of Pagegiai Railroad Station
(Scroll Down for Background and Historical Information)
||The Postcard above was
mailed on June 12, 1931
from Pagegiai, Lithuania
to Providence, Rhode Island
The card is franked with a pair of
15-centai 1929-31 reissue of the 1926
"Double Barred Cross"
stamp, (Scott #237 - RED).
The message on the card is in Lithuanian.
Lithuania was the
last pagan nation in Europe to convert to Christianity in the
late 14th century
the 15th century had become a powerful nation-state and by 1430 under Vytautas the Great
the the realm extended from the Baltic Sea south to the Black
Sea and east to within 100 miles of Moscow. However, after the
death of Vytautas the Kingdom began a decline with the the
Russians grabbing land from the east and the Germans from the
In 1915 the German Army occupied
Lithuania and after their defeat in 1918, the Russians occupied
the country and installed a puppet communist government. By
the Russians had been driven out and the country once again
became an independent nation. In 1921 Lithuania joined the
League of Nations and in
currency standard was changed,
(to 100 centai = 1 Litas),
which was the currency in place when
this PC was mailed.
During World War II, the Soviet Army
occupied Lithuania once again and on
August 3, 1940 after a
rigged vote, Lithuania officially became a
Soviet State. This
state of affairs lasted until 1991, after which Lithuania
regained its independence; becoming a full member country of both
the European Union and NATO in 2004.
Pagegiai is a small city in the southwest of Lithuania just
north of the Russian enclave of
Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea,
(prior to 1918 area was part of East Prussia).