The Samovar

red censor cancel??

j wiseman - 5/18/2007 at 10:05

Why is this cover cancelled with a red censor marking? Is this rare? JW

red censor cancel

j wiseman - 5/18/2007 at 10:07

Seems that the listing on this cover has been cancelled. JW

IvoSteijn - 5/18/2007 at 10:53

Those I've seen before. The Irkutsk censor apparently cancelled the stamps with his censor marking if there was no postmark on the cover, or, as in this case, if the postmark missed cancelling the stamps. Not rare, but certainly unusual.

Gary - 5/18/2007 at 11:35

Looks like a Speeckaert Type 2, Common, to me.

achlenov - 5/18/2007 at 11:42

Gary, please show us 5 examples, if you think it's common :hoho

Gary - 5/18/2007 at 11:59

Common is from Tony's work. If you think he is crazy, tell him.

IvoSteijn - 5/18/2007 at 12:07

Whether the censor marking is common or not is pretty irrelevant. This cover is distinguished by the censor marking cancelling the stamps. It's about the 5th example I've seen. In 24 years.

achlenov - 5/18/2007 at 12:16

I have great respect for Mr. Speackaert, so please don't put your words in my mouth. I don't appreciate that.

Alep - 5/18/2007 at 13:01

The practice of cancelling stamps by censors is known also from other places, e.g. Odessa. See also Levin in Rossica No. 144 who attributes such cancellations to 'mutes'.

Censor's cancel.jpg - 54kB

achlenov - 5/18/2007 at 14:06

Would that depend on the period? Say, if it was done in August of 1914 then yes, ok, it's a legitimate mute with a purpose of concealing the identity of the dispatch post office. But if it's much later, then is it really a mute?

IvoSteijn - 5/18/2007 at 17:41

As "mutes" these censor markings are a bit of a failure, since they usually state the location of the censor.