APS Translation Services

Let me remind our APS members that APS offers translation services from more than 20 languages free of charge or at nominal price, depending on the amount of work involved. The head of the Translation Committee Mr. Liao is extremely helpful and sometimes can find translators from quite exotic languages. You can find all the details of this service in the attached yearly report.

Your Journal!

The Spring 2016 issue is in the process of being created. You can help! We're always looking for interesting and informative articles by our members. A topical stamp collecting article would be especially welcome. New authors are always encouraged to submit their work. A good suggestion was made recently-- to create a new, small section in the Journal that would showcase a few especially interesting covers from members' collections.

Volunteer!

February is Volunteer Month at the Rossica Society! If you would like to support the Society with some of your free time, we are looking for volunteers to support our website, our journal, provide translation or expertizing services and more! We are also in need of volunteers to help support the Society at the International Philatelic Show NY2016. You can volunteer online using the Volunteer Form (click this link or find it at the bottom of this page).

The Rossica Identification Service (RIS)

Rossica has introduced a new identification service, free to members, and a minimal $5 fee for non-members. This is not an opinion of authenticity service, but is offered to help collectors tap the vast wealth of knowledge at the Society to help identify items in their collection that might be difficult to identify. There is a link at the bottom of the Rossica home page, or you can access it at this link: http://www.rossica.org/ris.php.

The Samovar - Rossica's Discussion Forum

The Samovar is the Rossica Society's discussion forum, where all things philatelically Russia and related are discussed. Every forum except the Society Forum is available for viewing by the general public. Visitors that wish to participate in our forum discussions must register first.

The Rossica Virtual Gallery (RVG)

Ever since the early 1980s, the Rossica Society would preserve information and material contained in its members' exhibits, and make that information available to members through photocopies (usually black-and-white) or CDs/DVDs. Today, the Rossica Society is pleased to share our award-winning exhibits to the public through our digital forum, The Rossica Society Virtual Gallery, or RVG. We have more than 34 exhibits digitized, and available for viewing on a computer.

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World Stamp Show - NY 2016

The Rossica Society is an attending Society at the 2016 World Stamp Show in New York City. The Society will hold its 2016 Annual General Membership Meeting at the show. The show will be held May 28 - June 4, 2016. Show information can be found at http://www.ny2016.org . Please let us know if you plan to attend! Because this show spans 8 days, we are asking for members to volunteer their time to support the Society booth. You can volunteer to support the show by filling out the volunteer form. Plan ahead! We would love to see you there.

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Soviet Clandestine Mail Surveillance 1917-1991

The series that appeared in the Rossica Journal under this same title has now been greatly expanded and extended, with many new discoveries and hundreds of clandestine censor marks (and censorship-related date stamps) illustrated.

Soviet Clandestine Mail Surveillance, 1917-1991 by David M. Skipton and Steve Volis (a publication of the Collector's Club of Chicago) is an unusual hybrid of empirical philatelic research, argumentation and history presented chronologically. It examines the secret police's political control offices - the PKs - that secretly watched the correspondence of Soviet citizens and foreigners alike in the USSR, and demonstrates that the PKs used censor marks masquerading as postmarks to convey information and instructions between themselves. Hundreds of these censor marks are recorded here, along with hundreds more that the authors argue were used to aid in the "classification campaigns" of the 1920s, the prelude to collectivization and the purges. The book will be useful to philatelists and historians alike.

The case-bound, all-color, 530-page book is expected to available for pre-order from the Rossica Bookstore, and should be ready for shipment by early February.

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What is the Rossica Society?

The Rossica Society is a world-wide society devoted to all aspects of Russian philately, from the pre-stamp days of Imperial Russia to current post-Soviet philately. The purpose of the Society is to unite all philatelist throughout the world with an interest in Russian philately and provide them a means of broadening their philatelic knowledge through inter- communication via the award winning Rossica Journal and this award winning web site.

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The Rossica Virtual Gallery (RVG)

Ever since the early 1980s, the Rossica Society has made an effort to preserve the information and material contained in its members' exhibits. Up until now, that effort has consisted of making photocopies (usually black-and-white) or CDs/DVDs and putting them in the Rossica Library so that members could check them out, study them and learn, using them as a research tool. Given the technology back then, this was the best that could be accomplished, and it could never reach more than one individual at a time, it had to be posted through the mail, and it was cumbersome enough that few availed themselves of the opportunity.

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The Rossica Identification Service (RIS)

The Rossica Society is pleased to offer all Russia and related collectors and enthusiast services to help identify stamps, postal history, or any other philatelic items related to Russian philately or erinnophilia. The service is offered free to Rossica Society members, and for a nominal fee to non-members. Although this service does not provide an official opinion of authenticity, the Society will reach out to experts on the items in question on your behalf. This is a great way to identify those hard-to-figure out cancels, town names, and get translations of addresses, cancellations, etc.

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