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issue date for 1917 imperf Arms stamps

howard - 10/28/2017 at 07:59

An article in the newspaper Vestnik Vremennago Pravitelstva (Provisional Government Herald) dated March 14, 1917 says that due to damaged perforating machines, the State Printing Office has produced imperforate stamps which will be issued on the date of this notice. So we now have a first day of use for these stamps: March 14, 1917. Who can produce the earliest one?

Maxime Citerne - 11/2/2017 at 03:54

Dear Howard,

Maybe those links can help:

Kind regards,


Impossibly early

David Jay - 11/18/2017 at 13:26

Attached is an image of a 3.5R imperf used 10/4/1916. The date is clear, but I can't make out the location. This is impossible, as the stamp wasn't issued until March 1917, as Howard says and as also noted in the Lobachevsky catalog. This is possibly an error for 10/4/1917, but it could have been 1918 or 1919, as these last digits resemble "6" more closely. Could also be a CTO, as there is partial gum.

Early3pt5R.jpg - 50kB

IvoSteijn - 11/19/2017 at 02:59

Tiflis, a postmark known for being backdated in imperf Arms types, see Ashford.

David Jay - 11/19/2017 at 13:35

Thank you, Ivo. 10/4/1916 is indeed a date known to have been used on favor cancels with the Tiflis "g" canceller, probably applied around 1919, per Ashford. Serial is not visible here, perhaps deliberately.