The Samovar

Russian Postmark help needed

winwace - 11/5/2017 at 21:46

Can anyone identify the Russian postmark at bottom? The top is Petrograd Julian Dater but I cannot identify the bottom postmark. Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks

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IvoSteijn - 11/6/2017 at 05:09

Also Petrograd, just a different office.

winwace - 11/6/2017 at 09:35

Thank you so much! So the mail arrived in Petrograd on 4/7 and left on 4/13 , why it took a whiole week long? Because of war? Also I am attaching a censer chop, is this a common censer marking? Thank you again!

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IvoSteijn - 11/6/2017 at 21:53

I think World War 1 put a lot of strain on the postal system, and Petrograd was an important censorship center, so the mountains of mail that had to be censored there were delayed almost all the time.
The censor marking is Type 13 (in Speeckaert's handbook of censor markings) and is pretty common.

winwace - 11/6/2017 at 22:21

Thank you so much!

winwace - 11/17/2017 at 09:19

Quote: Originally posted by IvoSteijn  
I think World War 1 put a lot of strain on the postal system, and Petrograd was an important censorship center, so the mountains of mail that had to be censored there were delayed almost all the time.
The censor marking is Type 13 (in Speeckaert's handbook of censor markings) and is pretty common.



One more question: are both Petrograd daters are Julian daters? Or just the top one? Thank you

winwace - 11/17/2017 at 09:42



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One more question: are both Petrograd daters are Julian daters? Or just the top one? Thank you

IvoSteijn - 11/17/2017 at 17:14

They're both in the Julian calendar. Petrograd didn't switch to the Gregorian calendar until 1918.

winwace - 11/17/2017 at 18:04



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Thank you so much!