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Famous People in New Postage Stamps

Oct 31, 2013

On Saturday to come, February 4, three new postage stamps dedicated to the country’s famous people will appear in circulation. The new postage stamps feature the state figure Mikalojus Radvila Rudasis, the artist Domicelė Tarabildienė, and the composer Stasys Šimkus.

Each postage stamp from the continuous set Famous People has been issued in edition of 100 000 copies. The nominal value of the postage stamp depicting Mikalojus Radvila Rudasis is LTL 1.55. The one depicting Domicelė Tarabildienė has the nominal value of LTL 2, and LTL 2.90 is given to the postage stamp featuring Stasys Šimkus.

The new postage stamps will be issued along with the first day cover. On Saturday, in Vilnius Main Post Office, postal correspondence paid by the new postage stamps will be cancelled by the first day cancellation.

Mikalojus Radvila Rudasis - a nobleman of the Great Duchy of Lithuania, one of the most outstanding commanders in the Livonian War (1558-1583). In 1564, he led the Duchy’s army of the great commander Grigalius Chodkevičius into the Ula battle which took place near Polotsk and defeated Ivan the Terrible.

Domicelė Tarabildienė - Lithuanian painter, graphic artist, book illustrator, sculptor, photographer. Together with her husband Petras Tarabilda she won the first places in the postage stamp contest arranged in 1933 to commemorate the transatlantic flight of Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas. In the World Exhibition held in 1937 in Paris the both artists were awarded the golden medal for book illustrations.

Stasys Šimkus is one of the most famous Lithuanian composers and conductors. Stasys Šimkus managed to select valuable folk melodies and adapt them chorus; therefore, the composer is justly considered to be the classic of Lithuanian music. His grandest vocal-instrumental work is the opera Kaimas prie dvaro (The Village at Manor). He established a music school in Klaipėda in 1923 and headed it within the years 1924-1930. In 1930-1933, he was the conductor of the State Theatre. He contributed significantly to the arrangement of the first Lithuanian Song Festivals (held in 1924 and 1928) and acted as conductor.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues 25-30 postage stamps. The company also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.