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"Taken from the Box" and related labels
This is the earlier of the two labels, the one that leaves out the most common reason for the label ...
6/20/2018 at 00:47
by: David Jay
"Taken from the Box" and related labels
Another very nice Rossica issue, a while back (its been busy in my part of the world).

Meer Kosso ...
6/20/2018 at 00:44
by: David Jay
Octagon postmark
In 1885, all earlier stamps were to be removed from circulation, after the issue of the new designs ...
4/20/2018 at 12:08
by: David Jay
Registered letter with St Pet Geometric Mark 14
Ivo- The large fraction of "Taken from the Box" marks on these registered letters suggests that they ...
4/19/2018 at 23:58
by: David Jay
right side up version
4/5/2018 at 01:19
by: David Jay
Registered letter with St Pet Geometric Mark 14
The Otdyel of the St Petersburg post did not normally register letters during the period (1881-1904) ...
4/5/2018 at 01:14
by: David Jay
TPO without Number
Indeed -- thank you. In a much less beat up state! What a difference three years make.
3/4/2018 at 23:24
by: David Jay
TPO without Number
Ivo -- thank you. That suggests Libava-Gazenpot, which is a narrow gauge RR, and the letter is to Li ...
3/2/2018 at 01:03
by: David Jay
TPO without Number
This card was send 18 August 18 August 1893 to Libau (arriving 19 August) via Riga and an un-numbere ...
2/28/2018 at 01:57
by: David Jay
postmark translation
ИЗЯСЛАВЛЬ ...
2/28/2018 at 01:06
by: David Jay
TPO 65-66
There are many mysteries and loose ends in collecting imperial postmarks, and the "bi-directional" T ...
1/3/2018 at 01:21
by: David Jay
issue date for 1917 imperf Arms stamps
Thank you, Ivo. 10/4/1916 is indeed a date known to have been used on favor cancels with the Tiflis ...
11/19/2017 at 13:35
by: David Jay
1947 "Removed from the Box"
Another note -- as I read further in the latest Rossica (the article by A. Babochkin on German parti ...
11/18/2017 at 16:05
by: David Jay
1947 "Removed from the Box"
The excellent Skipton et al. article in the latest Rossica illustrates a connection between censorsh ...
11/18/2017 at 14:12
by: David Jay
Impossibly early
Attached is an image of a 3.5R imperf used 10/4/1916. The date is clear, but I can't make out the lo ...
11/18/2017 at 13:26
by: David Jay
Late Soviet usages of "Removed from the Box"
Sorry, the latest date should have been 1/3/1967
11/17/2017 at 11:00
by: David Jay
Late Soviet usages of "Removed from the Box"
Skipton, Kolchinsky and Volis have a very interesting article on the use of the various "Extracted f ...
11/17/2017 at 01:48
by: David Jay
question about gum
For earlier stamps, it is more typical that a re-gum would have tiny droplets of gum on the perf tip ...
11/17/2017 at 01:30
by: David Jay
usage of mute cancels in the Ukrainian area
According to the listings of arrival dates and cancel dates in Levin, general use of mute cancels di ...
10/14/2017 at 12:36
by: David Jay
single usage on covers
Thank you Howard. All I could say is that there is no evidence that anything is amiss.
10/14/2017 at 01:07
by: David Jay
Single frankings
It is hard to find such single-frank items for high values, in either the imperial or Soviet period. ...
10/1/2017 at 20:57
by: David Jay
Why postage due?
I don't see a good reason for the due, and there is no indication that the Russian side thought ther ...
8/30/2017 at 03:01
by: David Jay
Classification of the Poezd and Pochta marks
Below is a pdf with a revised version of Ian Baillie's 1991 table from BSRP,
repeated in the B& ...
8/24/2017 at 01:32
by: David Jay
The elusive 6 Poezd
Ian Baillie provided (in his 1991 BSRP article) a definitive list of the St Petersburg Local RR post ...
8/24/2017 at 00:34
by: David Jay
Zabaikalsk. RR
1900 was when the other known examples were posted, so I wondered about that. 1900 is plausible for ...
7/28/2017 at 00:33
by: David Jay
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