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[*] posted on 1/21/2012 at 02:38
Two Different Offices?


Here is yet another parcel card to Finland, but with an odd history. This one bears the cancels of Byezhanitsy, Pskov Gubernia, whereas the reg'y label was applied at Novinskoe Vol. Prav., Pskov Gubernia. Usually, when the name on the cancel and the reg'y label disagree this is because the office has changed status (having been upgraded). This seems not to be the case here. Both offices appear in the 1916 Spisok, and Byezhanitsy had been in existence since 1878 (being promoted to a PTK in 1908), while Novinskoe was opened in 1912. (As usual, I am here indebted to the Kiryushkin and Robinson post office list.) The listings do not exclude the possibility that, having been promoted to a higher status in 1908, Byezhanitsy was nonetheless closed at some point between 1908 and 1912, then re-opened under the name Novinskoe as a Volost Pr in 1912. In the other cases I've seen, however, it has always been the cancel that reflected the present status and the label the old status, so it seems that the offices may really be distinct in this case. the fact that both are listed in 1916 suggests this. Another option is that Byezhanitsy had just been re-opened, as an upgrade to Novinskoe Vol Pr.

It would be nice to see an example of a Novinskoe Vol Pr cancel in this time period, but I don't have one, and finding an example might be a challenge. Even though Vol Pr. cancels are not, in aggregate, especially rare, it can be a challenge to find an example of any particular office, and most of the 3500+ offices that existed still are not represented by known cancels.

A mismatch between a reg'y label and the cancel used on the stamps is not unknown -- one sees examples with the St Petersburg City Post, Vol Pr offices in Tobolsk Province and with the Apothecary offices in the Baltic states.

Illumination by other examples would be great.

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[*] posted on 1/21/2012 at 15:20


Byezhanitsy and Novinskoe were two separate functioning offices located in the same uyezd in Pskov province. Mail from Novinskoe would travel via Byezhanitsy but not vice versa, so this item originated in Novinskoe where it got the label. Perhaps there were no stamps left in Novinskoe, or perhaps the canceller was lost. It's a puzzler.

My only example of a mismatch is a 1902 cover postmarked Vagarshapat (Erivan province) with a label reading Echmiadzin. These were the same place. The post office name was Vagarshapat up to 1900 or 1901, and Echmiadzin thereafter. The Vagarshapat cancellers were used for a few more years until they were completely worn out.

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[*] posted on 1/21/2012 at 22:07
An example of a name change


Attached is an example of mismatch between cancel and reg'y label. This letter was sent 4/4/1916 from Polomckoe Vol. Pr., Vyatka Gubernia. On the reg'y label, this name has been crossed out and there is a hand written name (that I'm having trouble deciphering). "Vol. Pr." has been crossed out on the label also, and replaced with "PO".

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[*] posted on 1/22/2012 at 09:21


According to Kiryushkin and Robinson, the vol. prav. office in Polomskoe closed in Feb. 1916. The new name on the registration label is Rzhano. The 1917 supplement to the 1915 post office list shows Rzhanoi Polom as a new pocht. otd.
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[*] posted on 1/22/2012 at 13:57


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