The Samovar

Nice Revel' marks, but what is the location to which it is addressed?

Gary - 2/2/2007 at 18:02

This postcard contains two very nice Revel' postmarks: one with post horns dated 19 January 1885, serial 2, and Revel' provincial postal kontora, 20 January 1885 (no post horns), serial 6. That's all fine.

What is the town to which the card is addressed? What is the mark on the indicium?

front of card

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Reverse of card

Gary - 2/2/2007 at 18:03



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Bill Stoten - 2/2/2007 at 19:15

is it Hapsal?
Could the cachet be a Estland district Police handstamp?

Alep - 2/3/2007 at 03:41

The postcard is addressed to Matzal (now Matsalu. a nature reserve on the western coast of Estonia) via Leal (Lihula) - arrival pmk of its postal station. The cachet belonged to the Supervisor of the 3rd Ehstlyand Excise Administration District, 2nd Section.

Gary - 2/3/2007 at 04:39

Alep, thanks! That solves the address and partial mark on the back.:)

Lacplesis - 2/3/2007 at 06:00

Is it an uncle or the grandfather of "Bloody Roman" ???

Lacplesis - 2/3/2007 at 11:52

Btw. (one of my favorite riddles, I can't stand the temptation to bothering you with it, after seeing this postcard)

Has anybody ever seen fieldpost from the Asiatic Cavalry Division? If you check out the few first hand witnesses that survived the encounter, you will get the impression that there was a lot of mail traffic going on.

I've never heard of anybody claming to have seen such a cover...

My impression after reading all sources available is that the Japanese assets might have been much bigger than the russians are willing to admit.

If you take a look at Rassmusens work about the Japanese FPOs in Siberia you will find that Japanese FPO #24 travelled from Stretensk via Onon to Urga and back to Kaidarovskaya in Jul. and Aug. 1920.
But the given date for the occupation of Urga by the Asiatic Cavalry Division is March 1921... ???

What did the Japanese FPO in Urga in 1920 and how did the Asiatic Cavalry Division send out mail?

Lots of questions and no answers...