The Samovar

Reply cards and how they were used

Gary - 1/10/2004 at 05:51

Seller TEDIMO on eBay is offering the following

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=297722214...

This samovar entry is NOT aimed at the seller or eBay, it is a request for information.


In the description, the seller states "Please note that the return portion has stamp also canceled at the same 6th Department of Town Post. It was a rather common practice intended to prevent use of return portions as direct cards. So it would come to Germany with the Russian stamp already canceled by a Russian cancellation mark."

Can we support this statement through the literature or through examples?

tbeberger - 1/11/2004 at 14:28

The statement of TEDIMO is new to me. I think it was exactly the idea of this type of cards, that the reply part could be used directly and detached from the question part. However I cannot name any literature.
To my knowledge, international reply cards were only rarely used used outside Russia (but this is no Russian speciality), but primarily from Russia abroad.
The seller LIVONUS sold recently one of these cases:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2976342906&category=40423&rd=1

I possess also reply cards sent abroad with the reply part still attached and NOT postmarked.

image mentioned in tbeberger's posting

Jeff - 1/12/2004 at 09:30

here is the image...

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