The Samovar

Unusual postal station mark

Gary - 3/30/2007 at 15:03

Ustilug is located in Volyn. province. According to Robinson, the stats of the postal office there was a postal station as of 1878. The mark here, 4 April 1877, is a year earlier.

The letter is addressed to Braunschweig in Prussia and is to travel via Warsaw to get there. On the back is a Warsaw 4th Dispatch Office transit mark of 8 April and a Braunschweig arrival mark of 21 April.

The postmark is unusual in that the format is a double ring mark with the year in the outer circle in the lower half. Also note that the station is indicated as "CT:" and not a period after the "T," which one would expect to see.

I have not seen a similar mark before, but there must be more.

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Back of cover

Gary - 3/30/2007 at 15:03



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David Jay - 3/30/2007 at 23:01

Gary -

Delightful item! I've never seen anything like it, with the year date
between the two circles.

Gary - 3/31/2007 at 17:37

There remains a lot to discover! Sure would be nice if people would post what they think is unusual.