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shocked.gif posted on 10/8/2007 at 11:34
Interesting Riga postmarks


David Jay recently posted a cover asking about a mute cancel. The cover is addressed to Riga with the receiving mark on the back of the cover.

A quick glance reminded me of similar Riga marks for which very little written information can be found in what reference sources I have. There is a dash and a number immediately after the year in the date line. What does this number represent? I have seen 1, 2, and 4, and suspect 3 also exists.

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[*] posted on 10/8/2007 at 11:34
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[*] posted on 10/9/2007 at 07:58


The numbers noted are 1-4 and are on mail arriving in Riga, not dispatched mail.
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[*] posted on 10/9/2007 at 10:51


A quick look at Baillie & Peel shows that similar "numbers following a dash" existed in SPb as part of the hour indicator.

Could this somehow be the case here?
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[*] posted on 10/9/2007 at 16:52


Usually, but definitely not always, when time is involved the letter for hour "ch" is also included.
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[*] posted on 10/10/2007 at 03:30


According to Harry von Hofmann, "These postmarks with the figures 1 - 4 are known to me only as receiving marks (for incomming and never for outgoing mail) and I think they are indicating the time of arrival for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th delivery. In the city of Riga the post was delivered in these years four times a day."
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