In 1932 Lithuania issued two stamps with a map of Lithuania, Klaipeda
and Vilnius. Although the stamps are airmail stamps and not
semi-postals the Scott catalog indicates that they were “issued for
the benefit of Lithuanian orphans.” The map on the stamps is not a map
of things as they were, but rather reflects Lithuania’s view of how
things ought to be. The dark center is how things were: Klaipeda had
been a German area, the Mermel territory, occupied by Lithuanians
since the 1923 Klaipeda Revolt. Vilnius was claimed by the Lithuanians
as their capital but had been appropriated by the Poles. It was
returned to Lithuania by the Russians for a short time. Kaunas was the
center of Lithuanian culture and population in the 1920’s and 30’s. It
was also the main industrial center in Lithuania.
The map reflects the claims of Lithuania for a unified
country in the 1930’s which included all three areas. This claim
included the brown and blue areas.