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Author: Subject: Petrograd Censor mark type 1
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[*] posted on 5/27/2015 at 06:30
Petrograd Censor mark type 1

Antoine Speekaert in his "Russian Postal Censorship 1914-1918" 1990 stated that at that time only two covers with Petrograd type 1 (CMP1) censor marks had been seen, both dated 31 July 1914 one from St Petersburg and the other from Hapsal. I have two covers the first postmark dated 2 August 1914 from St Petersburg addressed to Sweden and the other postmarked 19 July 1914 джанкой (Dzhankoi Crimea) addressed to Sweden both of these covers are important. Speekaert writes that censorship started on the 25 July 1914 therefore the first cover 02.08.14 (OS) is very late useage of this very rare mark being 8 days after commencement of censoring and could be Last Known Use (LKU) and the other 19.07.14 (OS) posted on the day war was declared and trapped in the backlog of mail waiting for the censorship to start.

I would like to record any other covers with the full CMP1 censor mark both to establish the first day that mail started to be stockpiled awaiting censorship (this could be either the 17th or 18th July 1914), scarcity and to establish LKU.

Any help, comments, scans, etc. gratefully received.

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