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David Jay
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[*] posted on 10/4/2011 at 00:39
early use of 1909 7k Arms on wove paper


The nominal issue date for the 4k, 7k, 10k and 70k stamps of this issue was stated as: "will be issued at the end of the year"; i.e., at the end of 1908. Other stamps were listed as "to be issued". The 1k, 4k, and 7k are known cancelled in January 1909. The late Rev Tann had a nice example of a 7k used in early December 1908. He also states that the 10k is known used in 1908, but does not show an example. The earliest use I can record is 13/3/1909 for the 10k. Additional examples of early use of this ussue have proven to be elusive. Attached is an image of a 7k on a domestic letter, cancelled 16/12/1908 with a Kiev machine cancel. The bars of this machine cancel bite nicely into the paper, so I believe the usage to be genuine. There a receiver two days later on the back, St Petersburg Gorod Post. One infers that stamps were gradually introduced as older stamp stocks were exhausted. It is unclear whether use before 1/1/1909 was authorized, or whether this constitutes an unauthorized early use.

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[*] posted on 10/4/2011 at 00:40
Now the back


The date on the front really is 1908, not 1909, by the way.

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