The Samovar

1922 St Petersbourg mark

vasia - 12/18/2008 at 11:21

Below is a cover posted on January 28th, 1922 from Petrograd, 1st expedition and addressed to Copenhagen, where it is received on February 14th. The cover is correctly franked at the 10.000 Ruble registered international rate (see back). Interestingly, the registration mark seems to consist of a black "St Petersbourg" handstamp + a numerator "381" above it.

Is this a private handstamp or an old post-office handstamp brought back into use for lack of appropriate registration labels?

Any help would be appreciated.

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vasia - 12/18/2008 at 11:22

The back of the cover:

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vasia - 12/18/2008 at 11:23

And a close-up of the registration mark:

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Lacplesis - 12/31/2008 at 19:18


Did you notice the addressee? It is August Theodor Schalburg father of Christian Frederik von Schalburg...

vasia - 1/8/2009 at 14:58

tbeberger and Lacplecis

thank you both for the very illuminating comments.
Below are 2 links regarding the infamous son of the cover's addressee:

This is what makes postal history extremely interesting for me.

Can anyone provide information or a reference for the 1st Ekspeditsiya (Dispatch Office)? Is it located in the main post office building? Is it logical that such a large establishment runs out of registration labels for a period of 3 months, even under the dificult conditions of 1922?