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[*] posted on 10/24/2011 at 15:24
first day of use

The pictured parcel card seems quite ordinary. A seven funt parcel insured for 2 rubles is being sent from Warsaw's central post office to Gostynin in Warsaw province. The sender was charged 45 kop. for weight and 1 kop. for insurance, for a total of 46 kop. as indicated by the written total and by the affixed stamps. These rates are correct. The Warsaw postmarks are dated 1 Aug. 1904 and the Gostynin postmark on back is dated 3 Aug. 1904. What makes this card interesting is that 1 Aug. 1904 was the first day of use for the blue-lined labels that were affixed to insured mail. Postal Circular No. 72 of 14 April 1904 states: "Effective 1 August, instead of the clerk writing the serial number by hand on money letters, money orders, and parcel cards, a blue-bordered printed label will be affixed, showing the serial number and the post office name." So this parcel was the 19th item of insured mail accepted at the central Warsaw post office that day.

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[*] posted on 10/30/2011 at 17:42

Very nice!
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