On the reverse of this postcard (translation by my friend Marius Furcuta) is printed “Towards Albania, in the petroleum city of Stalin” and “Lenin Printing House, Pravda Publisher”. The year 1958 is also printed on this unused/non-postmarked postcard.

The south-central Albanian city of Kucova was known as Stalin or Stalin City from December 19, 1950 until late 1990. The Kucova oil field was discovered in 1928 and is the second largest oil field in the country.  A 2008 news release stated that the oil field had more than 490 million barrels of original oil in place with an average API gravity of 17 degrees.  By then end of 2006 a total of 1700 wells had been drilled and approximately 23 million barrels of oil produced.


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