The Samovar

From Riga to Prag to Prag

Gary - 12/9/2007 at 07:00

The cover shown here is very busy at first glance. A lot of words and numbers all over the place. Nonetheless, it shows a cover addressed to Prag that made it to Prag, albeit a different one than originally intended.

On the front we note:
Registered letter franked with a pair of the 7-kop stamps of 1883, Scott #35.
From: Riga, dated 24 September 1885
To: Mr. F. Frik, Warsaw gub, town of Prag, Vladislavskaya St., #21a

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and the back of the cover

Gary - 12/9/2007 at 07:01

On the back we note:
Prag pocht. otd., serial #1, arrival date of 26 September 1885

Manuscript indicates that on 26 September 1885, a match with the address and addressee could not be found.

Apparently there was further correspondence with the postal authorities in Liflyand gub. on/about 19 October 1885 and someone decided the letter should go to Prag. However, this time it is Prag "Bohemia" Austria.

On 22 October 1885, the same Prag postmarking device with a new date was applied to the letter and sent it on the way to Austria.

The letter passed through Warsaw's 4th Dispatch Office on 23 October 1885. The Prag arrival mark is not very clear, but is there.

Prag-back.jpg - 145kB

ameis33 - 12/9/2007 at 07:35

Very nice letter
Praga is a quarter of Warszawa, placed on the right side of the Wisla. There was also a train station with an associated four rings postmark ("DP", Dzworzez Praga, Praga station). Very nice really...
How did it work with redirected letters? Did the postillion bring the letter to the address indicated and, in case of a wrong address, it took information "on site" and then sent the letter to the right destination? Was there an extra fee to be paid?

Gary - 12/9/2007 at 08:22

The postillion could take information on site and forward to the correct address, if the person at the address knew the information. The address bureau for the town/address would/could also be consulted to determine the correct forwarding address as well. This letter indicates that possible the postal authorities in Riga were asked ads well, but I cannot say that for certain. There was no additional charge for returning or forwarding mail in 1885.