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thumbup.gif posted on 11/13/2004 at 18:02
Stamps the soaker missed


Continuing with our use of the humble stamp, the next 2 illustrations are items with multiples not found by the "soak me off" boys. Please feel free to add other illustrations indicating the use of the stamp for its intended purpose.

As always, all stamps are NHOG, unless otherwise noted. They may be EFO, but have not been checked to date. ;)

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[*] posted on 11/13/2004 at 18:03
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[*] posted on 11/13/2004 at 18:10
7kop


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[*] posted on 11/26/2004 at 05:26


Now let's up the anti a bit and add a few questions.

The cover illustrated here was sent from Riga to England on 22 June 1901. On the front of the cover is the postmark of the Riga telegraph office serial #5. It is a bit battered, but still collectible.

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[*] posted on 11/26/2004 at 05:36


On the back side we find a horde of stamps! There are 15 1-kop stamps and 5 3-kop stamps for a rate of 30 kop. The stamps were canceled at the Riga Post Office, serial #1. The date is the same as the telegraph mark on the front.

It is not unusual for mail in the larger towns to be posted after hours at a telegraph office and sent on its way via the post office on the next business day, especially registered mail. Here we have the same date. If it had been deposited at the telegraph office for mailing, then I would expect to see the telegraph office canceling the stamps.

The large number of stamps may indicate it was posted at the telegraph office, since one would expect the Post Office to have larger stamps in stock. However, if the sender, a commercial venture, maintained their own stock of stamps, then they may have been simply clearing up a bit of space in the drawer.

There are no registration marks on the cover, which we would expect to find with a franking of 30-kop.

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[*] posted on 11/26/2004 at 12:13


The simplest explanation of the franking is that it was a 3rd-class (three lots of weight) letter - the rate at the time was 10-kop/lot. It was rather common for a business to send overweight letters - most of 2nd-class and 3rd-class leters I happened to see were business letters. It's still possible that it was a registered letter - something was removed from front - may be a registration label?
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[*] posted on 11/27/2004 at 17:49


oldteddy's explanation is feasible, but is it the only one?
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