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[*] posted on 10/16/2011 at 12:57
via Siberia exhibit

Nice material, but there are numerous errors regarding postal rates and postmark dates:
Frame 1: (a) 1901 card from Shanghai to Switz.: the international postcard rate from all Russian offices was 4 kop. from 1889 to 1917, not 5 kop. This card was overpaid. Some postmarks from Russian offices in China used Julian calendar dates and some used Gregorian dates. This large Shanghai postmark used Gregorian dates from 1900 onward. The Swiss postmark looks like it has a 2 April date. (b) 1902 card from Peking to Germany: again overpaid. (c) 1903 card from Tomsk: the basic rate was 4 kop., not 6 kop. (d) 1903 Peking to Paris: the Peking postmark date is 14 April in the Gregorian calendar. (e) 1903 Shanghai to Paris: the rate is 4 kop., not 5 kop., the Shanghai postmark is a Gregorian date (16 May), the Paris postmark is dated 10 June. (f) 1903 Korea to Germany: Shanghai postmark is dated 28 Sept. (g) 1903 Shanghai to Germany: Shanghai postmark date is Gregorian (14 Aug.)
Frame 2: (a) 1906 Chifu to Germany: the Chifu postmark date is in the Gregorian calendar. (b) 1907 Tientsin to Germany: the rate is 4 kop. (c) 1908 Tientsin to Germany: the Tientsin postmark date is 17 Apr. (Julian) = 30 April (Gregorian) for an 18 day transit as expected. This item did not travel via Kyakhta, which was not on the Transsib. RR. (d) 1910 Peking to Germany: the rate was 20 kop., not 26 kop. The added stamps were philatelically inspired. Again no Kyakhta on the route.
Frame 5: (a) 1916 Peking to Copenhagen: Peking postmark date is 21 Dec. (Julian).
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[*] posted on 10/28/2011 at 21:29

From Jerry Miller:

The exhibitor wishes to particularly thank both Howard Weinert and Ivo Steijn for their valued comments about my 'via Siberia' exhibit.

Both gentlemen furnished me rate information (which was unknown to me), or indicated typos and/or several short-comings. Those have now been mostly rectified on the exhibit pages shown.

For others, please note that this exhibit does NOT have to do with mail of the trans-Siberian railway per se, but, rather, is intended to show the evolution and handling of mail from/to Europe from/to the Far East (including some European Russia mail) by way of the "Siberian Rail Network" which includes more than just the north and/or south Russian-located rail lines.

As a long time exhibitor in many areas, no exhibit is finite or perfect, but, rather, evolves as new information, material or research appears and, thus, is, in effect, valid only in the first moment of its showing.
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