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study.gif posted on 2/14/2008 at 17:20
Does this stamp belong on this postcard?


At first glance, this appears to be a postcard from Moscow to Strel'na in 1918 with a wonderful Moscow Postage Due during a time of turbulence.

But is this stamp really correct on this item? Let's see what we can determine from the pictures. Come one, come all. Join in to solve this mystery, if it is one!



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[*] posted on 2/14/2008 at 18:47


No! It should be soaked off of that sucker and placed in a proper stamp album!

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[*] posted on 2/14/2008 at 20:08


The rate does not make sense either, according to my info. Should be 20 k for a domestic postcard.



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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 04:48


OK. Then that explains the 10-kop. postage due mark.

Here is an enlargement of the stamp area.



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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 09:40


Mystery solved then?



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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 09:41


How about the 5th Dispatch Office postmark? Over or under the stamp?
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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 09:45


BTW, my information comes from a very handy German booklet "Der Zarenadler wiecht dem Sowjetstern" by Leon Nebenzahl, published in Berlin 1987. It is a study on the use of imperial and RSFSR stamps during the revolutionary period and includes tables for rates and dates of usage.



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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 09:49


The V ekspeditsja postmark, especially the missing part on the lower left corner of the stamp, is indeed puzzling. At first I thought this could be a copy-and-paste job to replace a missing stamp. But what are the odds of finding a stamp within the correct time frame? Not to mention the fact that the strike on the stamp does match on all other sides.



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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 10:07


How about postal procedures? Does the serial number on the postage due mark correspond, procedure-wise, with dispatch office 5? It would seem a bit odd, to my novice eyes, that one postal service in Moscow would accept the 15 kopeke as franking and that another service in Moscow then corrected the error by adding the postage due mark. Rather inefficient. Wouldn't it be more likely that such an error would be noticed by the receiving post office (strelna)?

But then again, I know little to nothing about those postal procedures.




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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 10:37


Let's add an inverted image as well.



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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 10:42


The lower left corner of the stamp was bend upward along the vissible bendline WHILE the postmark was applied. I bed if you would bend it up again the postmark would fit...
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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 10:45


Lacplesis, the simplest of explanations and probably, as usual, the correct one :-)
Gary, can you check this?




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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 10:50


Quote:
Originally posted by Lacplesis
The lower left corner of the stamp was bend upward along the vissible bendline WHILE the postmark was applied. I bed if you would bend it up again the postmark would fit...


Probably, this is just the explanation!
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[*] posted on 2/15/2008 at 12:17


Correct!. You guys are quick and great!. I acquired this item for a very low price because the dealer stated it was a fake. There are still bargains out there that challenge us!



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