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David Jay
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[*] posted on 10/10/2013 at 23:50
St Petersburg Registered -- numeral cancel

St Petersburg numeral cancels are associated with sub-offices (Otdyels) that did not normally register mail during the period of currency of the numeral marks. Thus, registered letters with numeral cancels are rare.
Still, there are examples of registered letters with such marks, many of
them in the "taken from the box" category, This suggests that the office was stuck with a letter that the customer had franked registered and put in a mail box, but not presented at a desk where the customer could have been redirected.

In the present case, a 12k local reg'd letter letter was canceled at the 1 Otdyel office with two nice violet "1" in boxed circle. The reg'y label is of the 1899 provisional type. This label belongs, as it says, to the main pochtamt. This is in the same building as the Otdyel providing the numeral cancel. So why was the patron not simply sent to a different
desk in the same building? Perhaps the fact that the letter is local provides a clue? Whatever the case, it is a curious and beautiful usage.

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