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[*] posted on 1/22/2012 at 02:49
Volostnoe Pravlenie to Pocht Otdelenie


Many offices were upgraded in status about 1916. This is cancelled 12/2/1916

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[*] posted on 1/22/2012 at 02:51
And another example...


8/8/1916. Most of these seem to come from Tobolsk' Gubernia,
because there were so many Volostnoe Pravlenie offices there.

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[*] posted on 1/22/2012 at 02:52
and another


14/10/1916

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[*] posted on 2/3/2012 at 18:25


Have you thought of plotting the upgraded offices on a map? I would not be at all suprised if the upgraded offices were located either near to the front/army HQ's or in the case of Tobolsk near to POW camps and that the upgrading had something to do with the changes in mail patterns during the war.
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[*] posted on 2/3/2012 at 18:27


my last post just caused another thought to come to mind...does anyone have a map showing the locations of Russian POW camps during WW1. I have ahuge collection of maps from all periods but have not yet seen such a thing.
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[*] posted on 2/12/2012 at 13:52


One can see from the Kiryushkin and Robinson list that the offices that were upgraded were all over the province -- pretty much all of the Volostnoe Pravlenie offices in Tobolsk were upgraded in 1916-1917, as they were many in other parts of the country. So it seems this was more of a bureaucratic matter than something in association with the war or POW camps. The ones that have the labels that contradict the cancel are just special cases, and perhaps there were delays in getting postal supplies to Siberia. The other reason there are so many examples from Tobolsk is that a provincial archive full of registered letters to the governor came on the market in the 1990s. So there are lots of registered letters from Volostnoe Pralenie offices, and a certain percentage of them show the transition in status then underway.
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[*] posted on 2/13/2012 at 09:22


A drastic rise of the volume of mail at the expense of soldiers mobilized to the Active Army during the WW1 and the POWs was among the reasons that led to such upgradings.
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[*] posted on 2/14/2012 at 20:01


Thanks Alep, your comments coincide with my thoughts and again beg the question does anyone anywhere have a map showing the locations of Russian camps for POW's or is this something that has been lost to history courtesy of the revolution. I am sure that somewhere there must have been such a document be it map or official listing which could be plotted.
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