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thumbup.gif posted on 10/1/2016 at 23:03
1926 mobile post office Petrograd-style


I found this interesting photo in a February 1926 issue of a Russian émigré magazine from Paris - Illustrated Russia. The caption reads: "Postmen with hawker's trays have appeared on the streets of Petrograd selling postal and revenue stamps. They will also collect letters which can be dropped into their portable mailbox. In addition, the mailmen sell envelopes, paper, pencils and "popular" political literature. The postmen wears a new type of dark blue uniform."
Although the photo quality is not very good, one can decipher the words "stamps" and "post" on the upper and lower edges of his hawker's tray. The writing on the sides is less readable, but it may say "postal" on the left. Judging by the caption, the inscription on the right may be "revenue". The letter drop-off box hangs on his right hip.


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[*] posted on 10/2/2016 at 11:41


Nic, Thanks for sharing! I wonder if this fellow survived the war, gulags, etc. Fascinating time in a hard country.:!!
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