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POSTCARDS & BULGARIAN POST CARDS
Bolqarıstan / Bugarska / Bulgaaria / Bulgari / BULGARIE /
BULGARIEN / BULGÁRIA / BULGARIJE / Bulgarye / Болгар /
Pulgaraland / България / Βουλγαρία / 불가리아 / ಬಲ್ಗೇರಿಯ
"FERDINAND / BULGARIA / GOVERNMENT -- PRINCIPALITY" black & white portrait beneath the flag & above some facts about the country in a color border, postcard copyright 1909 F. H. ALT, numbered 665 on back, unused, corner & edge wear. $6.00 ^
HEMUS AIR. Unused regular-size postcard showing its Let L-410-UVP-E12 (LZ-LSC) ready to board at Budapest Hungary in 1989 (when chartered by AVIAEXPRESS), published in Czechoslovakia, near mint. $7.50 abh ILLUSTRATION ADDED RECENTLY
INTER TRANS AIR. Unused continental post card showing its Antonov AN-12PB (LZ-ITA) parked in 1998, published in the Czech Republic, spot of toning on back probably from the printing process, otherwise excellent condition. $4.75 ab
International Gymnast Magazine, April 2001. Kristal Uzelac cover, Bulgaria's Silvia Mitova, Steve Nunno at University of Oklahoma, new Code of Points & much more! $3.75 i,b
"Ligne de bataille près de Odrin" TCV with 3 stamps, post card mailed from Vidin 1913, clear "Panajot Velizaroff, Vidin (Bulgarujo) / Membro de l'internacia Ligo Nr. 2335" violet handstamp, 1 / 3-inch tear at left edge that closes well. The Bulgarians were victorious against the Turks in this 1912 battle. Odrin is sometimes called Edirne or Adrianople. $10.00 bh-b
"LZ1KPC" Sofia QSL card used 1957, colorful graphics, fresh appearance. $2.00 b&
"LZ2KRM / ESPERANTO" Kubrat Bulgaria QSL card in Esperanto language, continental size, used 1982 by operator Simeon Dimov, good edges. $4.00 eb
"LZ2RS" Gabrovo continental QSL card used 1990, includes drawing of sender & his equipment, minor wear to one corner. $2.50 b
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"Münzenkarte und Handelsflagge. / ... Wert exclusive Courtage / Bulgarien" unused Postkarte with deeply embossed images of 15 different coins circulating in Bulgaria circa 1891 - 1904 (5 storinki, 100 lewa, 50 storinki, 1 lew, etc.) & the Bulgarian commercial flag; bottom corner crease, a few light marks from album contact. Interesting center table gives 7 different exchange rates for 4 of the coins, meant to help merchants with travelers. Rare and seldom offered. If you have a postcard for this country it is probably different. $45.00 nbf
Panoramic real photo postcard captioned in Cyrillic of Assenovgrad / Asenovgrad / Асеновград / Στενήμαχος (Plovdiv Province) Bulgaria sent by Josif Nikolov Argirov in an exchange, small lower corner crease not into the image, spots of dark toning on 3 edges but again not into the image. $7.50 b PRICE REDUCED RECENTLY
PHOENIX AIRLINES. Unused continental postcard showing its Ilyushin IL-18 at Sharjah in February 1999, published in the Czech Republic, near mint. $7.50 abs
"Rychnov n. Kneznou" post card mailed in Knezha (a town in the northwest) in 1904 with an Austria stamp, blue Gablonz transit mark, clear Kukan (a Czech town) arrival mark, color view, minor corner & edge wear, lightly toned front. $12.00 b-b
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TABSO / BULGARIAN AERO TRANSPORT / BALKAN BULGARIAN AIRLINES. Unused continental post card showing its Lisunow LI-2 (LZ-TUE) parked on dirt, near mint condition. $7.50 a(p)b
To strengthen its claim to Macedonia (against rivals Serbia and Greece) Bulgaria established a Macedonian Commission in 1899. Run from Sofia, this commission's objective was to make Macedonia autonomous but controlled by a Bulgarian inspector, with the permission of the Ottoman Empire. Part of the Bulgarian plan included covert terrorist activity. Bulgarian revolutionary bands called komitadji went on raids into Macedonia, helping to precipitate insurrection in 1902-03. In 1902 Russia and Austria-Hungary forced Serbia and Bulgaria to cut ties with IMRO, the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization. In 1903 Macedonian liberation forces staged a widespread revolt, called the Ilinden-Preobrazhensko uprising. Despite strong Bulgarian public support for the Macedonian cause, Bulgaria sent no help, and unopposed Turks suppressed opposition with violence. Large numbers of refugees now entered Bulgaria from Macedonia. After the death of leader Gotse Delchev in the 1903 uprising, the influence IMRO decreased. Bulgarian public sympathy for the Macedonian cause also diminished, and by 1905 the government's attention turned to internal matters. See D. Kosev, "The Ilinden-Preobrazenie Uprising 1903", Bulgarian Historical Review 64 (1978), 14-30 and N. Todorov, "La lutte de liberation des Bulgares en Macedonie et dans la region d' Andrinople 1903", Bulgarian Historical Review 64 (1978), 30-39. The Macedonian refugees referred to in this historical note include those shown on the following postcard--the only image we have ever seen documenting these events: "13. Refugies des environs d'Andrinople." color on undivided back, circa 1904, toned back, corner & edge wear. $15.00 mb**
(Cyrillic caption as shown) Viewcard in black & white with red caption, sent 1907 from Luvetor, a very small town (bold cancel on 5-st stamp). $10.00 b-b
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Uncaptioned except for 'Bulgaria' written in pencil on the back): two sepia-tone real photo post card of Rila monastery shown in unusual angles taken from a nearby mountain, small red check marks on back of each will not erase, both with good edges. A World Heritage Site as designated by UNESCO. Both for $9.00. b ILLUSTRATIONS ADDED RECENTLY
"...Vue de la villégiature Pamporovo / Kurot Pamporovo--Ansicht" with its pine forests prominent in the foreground; continental postcard mailed 7.7.73 with Bulgarian stamps to Holland (one of the stamps has a long crease in it), wear showing along the bottom edge. $1.00 b NEW / NOV / NOVÝ
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