Thursday, October 1, 2009

A pleasant surprise from Croatia!!

Many thanks to Dragan Buskulic for this pleasant surprise from Croatia! Dragan knows that I collect first issues, so he sent me the first (and only) issue of the Republic of Mirdita.

In addition, a 50 Qintar & 1 Franc stamps made up the full set.

The Republic of Mirdita was a short-lived unrecognized republic declared in northern Albania by Gjon Markagjoni and his followers. It existed between July 17 and November 20, 1921.
Yugoslavia backed Markagjoni who led his Roman Catholic Mirditë tribesmen in a rebellion against the Albanian regency and parliament established after the World War I. He proclaimed in Rreshen the founding of an independent "Republic of Mirdita". Markagjoni was the only president of the republic.
As the republic violated the sovereignty of the Albanian state, Albanian government troops fought and eventually extinguished the republic.

Let's also take a look at the lovely cover sent by Dragan.

The 2 beautiful stamps franked on the upper right corner are from the "Lighthouses" series, issued on 11 September 2009. The 3 stamps in this set depict Lighthouses Gruica (3,5 kn), Stražica (3,5 kn) & Voščica (8 kn).
The 2 stamps franked on the lower left of the cover belong to the Red Cross series. I couldn't find much information on them. My guessing is that the first stamp was issued in 2009 to honor Henry Dunant (1828-1910). Dunant was a Swiss businessman and social activist. During a business trip in 1859, he was witness to the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in modern day Italy. He recorded his memories and experiences in the book A Memory of Solferino which inspired the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863. The 1864 Geneva Convention was based on Dunant's ideas; In 1901 he received the first Nobel Peace Prize together with Frédéric Passy.
The second stamp has something to do with Anti tuberculosis. Which I think so :)

1 comment:

  1. Yes - it is nice private/fake issue from Albania, never used and never recognized in this world! Probably same person from Croatia didn't know it.

    best regards



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