Millennium Foundation Anniversary of Volkovysk town

Newsletter # 26 (216) August 4, 2005
On September 2, 2005 Belarus Post will issue the stamp dedicated to the Millennium Anniversary of Volkovysk town.
Designer: Andrey Mamaev. Printing: offset. Colour: full colour (5 paints). Paper: chalk surfaced. Perforation: comb 13½. Size of the stamp: 52x29,6 mm. Sheet composition: 14 stamps and 1 coupon. Print quantity: 72.000.
There are elements of protection on the stamp.
Historical reference. Volkovysk is one of the most ancient towns of Belarus with the rich historical past. The first record of the town is dated the year 1005 in the Chronicle of Turov. In XIII century Volkovysk became the centre of the Principality of Volkovysk. In 1386 Jagiello the Grand Duke of Lithuania took the crown of Poland here. The Volkovysk regiment took part in the Battle of Grunwald 1410. In 1503 the town was granted the Mardeburg Right (self-government). Since XVI century Volkovysk was a part of Rzech Pospolita (the union of the Polish Kingdom and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania). After the third division of Rzech Pospolita in 1796 Volkovysk became a district town of Slonim province, then of Lithuanian province. Till 1939 Volkovysk was a district town of Belostok province in Poland. During WWII there were a Jewish ghetto and a concentration camp in Volkovysk where 20 000 people perished. July 14, 1944 the town was liberated by the 2nd Belarusian Front during the Belostok operation. Eleven units of the Red Army were awarded the honorary title of “Volkovysk”. Modern Volkovysk is a town with the population of 43 000 people. It is the centre of engineering industry, production of building materials and foodstuff.
No. 624
Millennium Anniversary of Volkovysk 
360 BYR
Special cancellation: a special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at Post Office # 6 of Volkovysk on the stamp issuing day. 

Colour of the postmark — red.
Special postmark and FDC designed by A. Mamaev.

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