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[*] posted on 3/2/2011 at 02:12
An Interesting Little RR usage


The postal markings of the St Petersburg local RR (the "little RR") remain confusing and quite scarce. Their use is intermittent, and the location/purpose of markings is not really any clearer than it was in 1991 when Ian Baillie published his summary of known material in Vol 70 of the BSRP.

Here is something new. There are perhaps 30 known examples where cards or covers picked up two of these elusive marks. This letter with two marks was sent from an unreadable location 14/7/1884 via St Petersburg 16/7/1884 to Tsarskoe Selo

According to Mr. Baillie's summary, we expect the Series 3B mark (in black here as usual) to be equal to or lower than the second mark, which is expected to be series 3C or 3F. What we have here is a combination of a "4 Poezd" Series 3D mark (in red) with a "4 Poezd" Series 3B mark in black. The 3D marks are quite elusive, exist only with numbers 4 and 5, and are not heretofore known paired with other marks.

In common with other double marks, this item is outbound from St Petersburg to Tsarskoe Selo. Too bad the receiver opened it so roughly. And why did the clerks have to put the RR and St Pet marks on top of each other?

Also, looking at this with a microscope, it looks like the red is underneath the black, so the RR mark was applied before the St Petersburg 6 Ekspeditsia "3 Chasa" mark.

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[*] posted on 3/2/2011 at 02:16
and the front




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[*] posted on 3/4/2011 at 10:34


The cover originated in Kostroma
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