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[*] posted on 1/5/2009 at 10:25
Bering Island PO Not a Season Office


The post office on Bering Island was not a seasonal office - it was open year-round although mail was dispatched only in the summer.
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[*] posted on 1/9/2009 at 23:17


Howard --

There is one lonely example from this office listed in the Robinson Siberia compilation,
a three line date item from the early 1900s. Are there any others, e.g., with
a double circle mark? If the mail was
held all winter, then it would seem likely that the letters would be canceled upon
being taken to the office, and then upon dispatch. Are there any examples to
test this? it also seems curious that it was a PO rather than a Pocht Operatsia or
something similar. I can imagine the postal official snoring at his desk for 9 mo.
Surely this person must have had some other duties.
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[*] posted on 1/10/2009 at 10:23


The only Bering postmark I know of is the one illustrated in Robinson's book (which is on a cover owned by Vladimir Tyukov - see the virtual exhibit on this site). The PO opened in 1898, but was converted in 1900 or 1901 to a postal operations facility run by the local police administration. Neither the original notice of its opening, nor any of the entries in the post office lists, indicate a summer-only status.
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