A Postage Stamp Dedicated to Maironis is to be Issued

Oct 31, 2013

Already this Saturday, February 25, the catalogue of postage stamps will be supplemented by a new postage stamp under the title “2012–the Year of Maironis”.

The postage stamp dedicated to the year of Maironis will be issued in edition of 100 000 copies with nominal value of LTL 3.35. The tête-bêchepostage stamps are printed in sheets of 10 stamps. The stamp depicts the portrait of Maironis in the background of the collection of poems Pavasario balsai or The Voices of Spring. The new postage stamp was created by the artist Valdonė Bručienė.

Along with the postage stamp, the first day cover and the first day sheet will be issued. On Saturday in the Kaunas Main Post Office all letter-post items paid by the new postage stamp will be stamped with a first day cancellation.

Jonas Mačiulis-Maironis–priest, poet, the author of dramas, Professor of the Saint Petersburg Roman Catholic Theological Academy, Rector of the Kaunas Seminary, Honorary Professor of the Vilnius University. In 1928, he was awarded the 2nd Class Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, and in 1931 he received the title of Prothonotary granted by the Pope.

His interest in literature arose during the gymnasium years, the period when the first lines, which had not survived, were composed. The first poem Lietuvos vargas or Sorrow of Lithuania was printed in the newspaper Aušra in 1885. A year later, under the pen name “Stanislovas Zanavykas”, he wrote the first chronological history of Lithuania in the Lithuanian language Apsakymai apie Lietuvos praeigą or Stories about the Lithuanian Past.

In 1891, the poet’s pseudonym “Maironis” appeared in the press. The poet had written and published many poems the best known collection of which was Pavasario balsai or The Voices of Spring. The collection was constantly supplemented by new poems.

Maironis was always interested in the genre of drama. On the grounds of his historical dramas, the State Theatre of Kaunas staged performances.

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