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[*] posted on 5/7/2014 at 08:30
RESEARCH REQUEST Russian Registered Mail via United States

Between 1883 and 1911, the US Post Office Department Registry Division, in compliance with the requirements of the Universal Postal Union, attached a small red on white paper registration label on each registered letter sent from the United States to a foreign country. In addition, registered mail from a foreign country that was routed through a US registry Exchange Office en route to a second foreign country, also received these labels. These US Registry Exchange Offices were located in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and more than thirty (30) other post offices in the United States, including a number along the Texas-Mexico border (EI Paso, Eagle Pass, Laredo, Brownsville, and San Antonio).

Several years ago, the Registered Mail Study Group started a Census of all covers known with these labels for all of the Exchange Offices other than New 'York, which was believed to have processed perhaps 80% of the foreign registered mail. I have been conducting my own Cover Census of these New York labels, and would ask for your assistance in locating covers related to these, and providing scans to further this research. I am also looking for additional covers from any of the other 30 or so Exchange Offices.

Registered Mail originating in Russia which transited the United States en route to its final destination is very uncommon during this period. I have recorded six covers that transited the US via the New York City Post Office to a destination in Central and South America, one to Costa Rica via New Orleans, and two to Mexico via Nogales, Arizona.

If you have any registered covers from Russia with these labels, I would like to add your information to the Census. To participate, please provide a high quality scan of both the front and reverse of your cover, and send to me at the address at the bottom of this page. If you have questions, please contact me first. I also need scans of many of the covers which exist in the present Census listing. Some entries were based on photocopies or poor photographs in auction catalogs. If you have covers which appear to be represented in the Census, contact me to determine if I might need a better digital scan.


Mike Ludeman, PO Box 2024, Denton, TX 76202. Phone (940) 566-1608. Or e-mail at

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