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[*] posted on 8/13/2007 at 05:29
St Peterburg? postage-due mark


Here's a recent addition to my collection: a Czech postal card mailed in September 1883 from Prague and received in St Peterburg on 24/9/1883, by the 9th Expeditsiya (is there in fact a 9th expeditsiya?: I can only trace 8 in Imhof's work). The card is assessed postage-due, first at origin with the handstamped "T" and then with the old-style "Doplatit" mark: a somewhat elaborate design with a dotted-line semicircle.
Any thoughts, corrections, additions would be appreciated.
Here is the front:


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[*] posted on 8/13/2007 at 05:30


The back of the card:



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[*] posted on 8/13/2007 at 05:31


And a close-up of the Russian marks:



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[*] posted on 8/14/2007 at 11:16


The reciving mark is Dobin&Ratner 02-04-06.1 used 1882-1885 by 9. Eksp. (Office for accepting and handing out the foreign correspondence).
The Doplatit mark is D&R 09-03-03 in use from 1872.
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[*] posted on 8/17/2007 at 05:06


Thank you, Lacplesis. Much appreciated. :)
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[*] posted on 8/17/2007 at 23:56


Was it a matter of policy that the amount (4k) should be
written in red? Or was this office out of black ink?
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[*] posted on 8/18/2007 at 04:48


David, I can't speak for SPb, but for Moscow inks used for the mark itself as well as the amount due are observed in purple, blue, red, and black. Pencil was also used to fill in the amount due.
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