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[*] posted on 5/27/2007 at 00:16
All for 7 kopeks...


From the front, this letter looks pretty innocuous. It left Revel on
3/10/1882. The cancels on the back make it look like the destination was Odoev, but honestly, I can't make that out in the
address -- it looks like Ldoev. There is one sign of "trouble" --
the destination (whatever it is) is crossed out and a "Return
to Revel" has been scribbled in.

So now the back...

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[*] posted on 5/27/2007 at 00:19
And the back...


the back is a welter of cancels -- 12 in all. I am unable to make out the handwritten mesage at the bottom. What does this say.

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[*] posted on 5/27/2007 at 00:20
And the explanation..


Here is a list of the cancels. I was told by the seller of the item that Dr. Raymond Casey had prepared this list of cancels. I don't know his handwriting, so I can't confirm or deny this assertion.

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[*] posted on 5/27/2007 at 00:24


Anyway, this letter ended its journey 23 December 1882 back in revel, more than two months after it started.

Someone got a lot of attention for a mere 7 k!
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[*] posted on 5/27/2007 at 01:59


Quote:
Originally posted by David Jay
Here is a list of the cancels. I was told by the seller of the item that Dr. Raymond Casey had prepared this list of cancels. I don't know his handwriting, so I can't confirm or deny this assertion.


Doesn't look like Raymond's handwriting to me (or that of anyone else I know) but the listing seems perfectly fine.
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[*] posted on 5/27/2007 at 12:43


The cover seems to be written by a semi-literate person. He transcribed Odoev as Adoev (as pronounced in oral speech). There are many orthographical mistakes in the address, e.g. 'gorot' (town) instead of the correct 'gorod' etc.
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[*] posted on 5/27/2007 at 14:42


I agree with Alep. The text at the bottom means: "Due to the end of period (of storage) back. Assiatant (signature)".
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[*] posted on 5/27/2007 at 21:17


Thank you.

And this item raise an interesting point for those of us whose Russian,
beyond a long list of place names, is basically transliterating and consulting
a dictionary -- how the &*^)@(#$#)$(*! are we supposed to be able to read the
Russian of someone who doesn't know it themselves?!
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