The Baltic Riviera : Soviet period 1944-1990

Rīgas Jūrmala

In the Soviet period Rīgas Jūrmala is still a popular seaside resort. On this card -a postal stationary – the picture gives an impression of Rīgas Jūrmala.

On the address side of this card is -bilingual- mentioned: ‘LATVIJAS PSR. RĪGAS JŪRMALA’ . Also the художник (=artist) is mentioned here.

On the lower edge we see the printing data.
The card is issued in 1961 and printed in the МПФ ГОЗНАКА, short for МОСКОВСКОЙ [MOSKOVSKOI] ПЕЧАТЉОЙ [PECHATNOI] ФАБРИКЕ [FABRIKE] ГОЗНАКА [GOSZNAKA], Moscow Printing Factory Goznak.
Number 16084 is the number of the ЗАКAЗ [ZAKAZ], order.
As imprinted stamp is used a stamp of the 10th set permanent franking stamps, with the year 1961: a starting rocket.
This imprinted stamp is used in four types:
Type I: Typography: lines in the background and moon are at a greater distance from each other
Type II: Offset: background and moon with finer lines
Type III: Offset: background with finer lines, moon without lines
Type IV: (grid) gravure: background and moon in a grid
This postal stationary with МПФ ГОЗНАКА and imprinted stamp Type II is in the Michel P 285, subnummer III (only year, not a number starting with A in the printing data.).

About the (picture) post cards with imprinted stamp: Postwaardestukken uit de Sovjetperiode : ansichtkaarten / Jan Kaptein. – In: Het Baltische Gebied 2012 ; 60. p. 4-25. – [Postal stationaries from the Sovjet-period : Picture postcards]

After the printing data on the lower edge is mentioned: ЦЕГА ХУДОЖЕСТВЕННОЙ КАРТЧКИ Р МАРКОЙ, Price of the artistic card with imprinted stamp. And that was 4 kopecks.
In 1946 Rīgas Jūrmala is added as 7th district to Riga. Ķemeri and Sloka were -and continued- autonomous. In 1959 Jūrmala became a city, including Ķemeri and Sloka.

Bulduri

Rīgas Jūrmala was long been associated with health resorts, sanatoriums and spas. On this postalstationary is mentioned a sanatorium in Bulduri.

On this postal stationary, issued May 3, 1962, is shown a picture of the sanatorium Cina in Bulduri.

On the backside of the postal stationary are the printing data indicated.

“Juras Perle”, Sea Pearl, was a famous restaurant on the beach of Bulduri. It was build in 1965, the architect was Josifs Goldenbergs. On the first floor was also a nigh-bar.
Unfortunately it burned down in 1991, in 2001 the remnants were removed.
On this card -postal stationary- you see a nice picture of this building.
The other side of this card:
As imprinted stamp is used a stamp of the 11th set permanent franking stamps, with the year 1966: a young boy and girl (3 kop.).
This imprinted stamp is used in two types:
Type I: Typography: shading on the shoulder of the girl has a break (triangle), with box and with ‘imprinted’ perforation
Type II: Offset: shading also a break, but only 0,5 mm, withhout box, with box and with ‘imprinted’ perforation

  • On this card is used type I as imprinted stamp, with a imprinted ‘perforation’. On the shouilder is clearly a greater -like a triangle – break in the shading. On the next card below, issued December 4, 1973, is used type II as imprinted stamp.
  • The first division in the cards with imprinted stamp of the 11th set permanent franking stamps, total 24 sets:
    P 321-354 without field for postal code
    P 360-397 with field for postal code
    This card is without field for postal code and according the schema in HBG 60 is a further division the order of the indication КАРТОЧКА ПОЧТОВАЯ [KARTOCHKA POCHTOVAYA] (P 321-339) or reverse order ПОЧТОВАЯ КАРТОЧКА (P341-354).The card here is classified in the first group.
    The card has a imprinted perforation with stamp type I, printing house МПФ: P 335.
    The card is issued September 28, 1967.

The card below has the other type imprinted stamp:
This card is issued December 4, 1973. As imprinted stamp is also used the stamp of the 11th set permanent franking stamps, with the year 1966: a young boy and girl.
On this card – is used stamp type II: offset: shading also a break, but only 0,5 mm, with imprinted perforation.
The face of this card above, also “Juras Perle”: