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Control stamps

What was the original purpose of the RSFSR control stamps (Scott #AR7 -14, MI 130 - 37)? It seems that they were used as postage at about the same time they were issued (1918). Did they have another purpose besides postage?:umm:
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[*] posted on 1/19/2015 at 18:29
control stamps

In 1889 Russia issued savings stamps of a similar design which were placed in savings books at the post office as evidence that the customer made a deposit. These were initially dated 18__ and later changed to 1___ near the turn of the century. On January 1, 1900 news rules were introduced that allowed a customer to buy savings stamps from any credit establishment, such as banks and insurance companies who issued the control stamps to which you refer therefore their first date of issuance was Jan 1 1900. The control stamps were exchanged for the savings stamps at the post office. In 1915 both types of savings stamps were withdrawn from use as savings stamps, although there was a large left over supply. In 1918 and until about 1922 the left over supply was used as postage due to a shortage of paper and the inability to print stamps or deliver them to various locations. In inflationary periods the stamps were used at multiples of their face value.
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[*] posted on 2/10/2015 at 11:50

Other countries issued saving stamps (also called thrift stamps), too. Perhaps better known in the US are WWI saving stamps (Sc. "PS" stamps). There is an entry in Wikipedia "Savings stamps."
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