The Rossica Society publishes two journals per year, the first in the Spring and the next in the Fall.
The journal consists of scholarly articles focused on all aspects of Russian philately that may include information on the pre-stamp days of Russia, Imperial postage, prison mail, World War correspondence, or the postage of post-Soviet states. The fascinating and sometimes incredibly confusing history of Russia, the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet states make our hobby a most interesting one!
Added on 2017-11-05
Summary: The history of clandestine (and not so clandestine) mail surveillance in Russia is a long one, extending from 1690 under Peter the Great, when all letters going abroad were opened at Smolensk, up to the present day. Perlustration under the communist...See the Exhibit
Added on 2016-12-16
Summary: Updated December 2016! This exhibit offers the viewer a chronological overview of the postal evolution of mail sent by way of the trans-Siberian rail network between 1897 and 1945. ...See the Exhibit
Exhibit Categories: CensorshipImperialSocial PhilatelyWorld War I
The total number of POWs of the Great War approached eight million. Most of them were held in Russia (2.4M), Germany (2.4M), and Austria-Hungary (between 1.2 and 1.9M). The treatment of prisoners was regulated by the Hague Convention, signed by all major belligerents.
In particular, the prisoners were allowed to correspond with their home countries postage-free. The captor countries had to supply the POWs with blank postcards, and most of the surviving mail of POWs is written on such formular cards. At the same time, quite a few prisoners sent home PPCs, which required additional effort and expenses to procure. The visual message of these postcards supplemented the text. It was often especially important because of the censorship of POW mail.
The exhibit is divided into Chapters corresponding to the countries of captivity. Within each Chapter, if necessary, the mail is arranged according to its destination. When appropriate, non-PPC material is added as a means of social commentary to the conditions of captivity.