Soviet Clandestine Mail Surveillance 1917-1991

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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.

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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 philatelists 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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