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[*] posted on 4/5/2009 at 13:12
Minsk gub to Switzerland via USA


This postcard was sent from Russia to Switzerland via the USA in 1915. Some of the points of interest I can find on it are:

Posted in Gorodeya, Minsk gub, Gorodeisk vol prav, on 31 July 1915. Serial letter "g"

"T" applied since it was not the correct franking for a foreign card.

Petrograd 1st Dispatch Office transit,serial "r" machine type, 3 September 1915.

Censor mark on reverse.

Penn. term. sta., New York mark of 7 October 1915. Postage due 1 cent mark applied.

Basel, Switzerland arrival mark applied 27 October 1915 on a 5-cen. postage due stamp.

Manuscript "5c" top left apparently applied in Switzerland.

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[*] posted on 4/5/2009 at 19:49


Was the Gorodeya cancellation applied twice because the first missed the "stamp"? Or was this standard practice at the time?
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[*] posted on 4/6/2009 at 02:57


The first time was to cancel the franking. The second time was to indicate departure of the item. This was common practice.
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[*] posted on 4/6/2009 at 11:02


In earlier times there were three - cancellation, arrival and dispatch.

The duplex due postmark applied at the Pennsylvania Terminal Station is called an "opera glass" by postmark collectors.

A very nice looking cover.
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