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[*] posted on 8/11/2015 at 15:00
Which Vladivostok route to sumatra


Hi all,

I am new here, but have a question about the route taken by this cover.
It originates in Vladivostok and the destination is Sumatra.
On the cover, it is written via Shanghai (China), but the only mark on the back is Kobe (Japan).
So how did it go:
Vlad-Shang-Kobe-Medan.
Vlad-Kobe-Shang-Medan.
Or just
Vlad-Kobe-Meadan.

Also, there are 2 registered etiquettes, is that normal?

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[*] posted on 8/11/2015 at 23:11


Not my area -- but let suggest a thing or two:

1) There is no evidence it went to Shanghai at all. The 4 week delay between the Kobe and Medan marks
suggests it waited for the right ship ship for a long time. it might have, but how why do we think it did?

2) The two registry marks is normal -- the lower one is probably in cyrillic, the top one in western script.

3) Pappadopolu (the sender) is well-known/notorious as the source of a lot of philatelic mail, fakes, favor cancels, etc.

4) Despite all that, it is an interesting and very unusual cover.

A great find, if you didn't pay too much for it.
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[*] posted on 8/12/2015 at 06:48


Thanks David Jay, I aprciate all the info.
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[*] posted on 8/14/2015 at 16:19


Very nice cover. David is right in warning you about Simon Pappadopulo, but he ran a stamp business and almost always franked his business envelopes at the correct rate, like here: 20 gold kopeks, including the scarce 14k.
Medan was an important city in the Dutch East Indies, and there were direct ships from Japan to Medan, so I don't think Shanghai was needed as a transit mark.

The two labels are for a very silly reason: international mail required a label in our alphabet, but only the Cyrillic labels (for inland use) had numbers on them...so they used both. Not uncommon.

Nice!
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[*] posted on 8/15/2015 at 06:10


Thanks IvoSteijn for the precision.
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