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David Jay
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[*] posted on 10/2/2010 at 15:03
St Petersburg -- the end of the"year" marks


From 1876 to 1880, St Petersburg Sub-Offices (the Otdyel") used
distinctive marks that did not give month and day, only year and the word "GODA" or year. Baillie and Peel suggest that the original versions of these marks for offices 1-9 had only the last digit moveable, so would have to have been replaced at the end of 1879 for the year 1880. At the end of 1880, all these marks in their several types gave way to the better known geometric cancels for sub-offices 1 to 9, with other geometric cancels following in 1883 or so. B&P suggest 17/9/1880 at the last known date for the Goda marks, and 22/12/1880 as the first known date for the geometric marks.

The attached shows that the Goda marks were used up to 19/12/1880, from office 8 in this case. This is the type with the "8" before and after the "Otdyel" at the top and stars at the side. I also have an example from 14/12/1880 from the 9th office, in the same type. This suggests that the Goda marks continued in use until almost the end of year, with a quick change over in the latter part of December. Even though several sources suggest that all the geometric marks from 1 to 9 were used in 1880, I have never seen an example. My earliest geometric mark is a "7" from 31/1/1881. Given how common the geometric "1" is, there must be examples of this mark used in 1880, if it was really introduced before 1881. Can anyone show an example?

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