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Early Franked Mail set Abroad
Howard -
I missed your reply to this item. Could you post an image of this postal stationery item?
1/13/2021 at 14:07
by: David Jay
Once in a while....
It was not well presented -- poor picture, no meaningful description. Seller told me he had no
idea ...
1/13/2021 at 13:10
by: David Jay
Once in a while....
eBay still proves to be a source of interesting material at a very reasonable price. The unpreposses ...
1/5/2021 at 00:26
by: David Jay
Early Franked Mail set Abroad
Hmmm -- I do not recall where I saw the #2 on a letter to Tabriz. I would have thought it was perhap ...
5/18/2020 at 14:40
by: David Jay
Tabriz, not Tiflis
Dyslexia strikes! I did mean Tabriz, not Tiflis. See attached in image of the item I sold. It was se ...
5/18/2020 at 11:09
by: David Jay
Early Franked Mail set Abroad
Thanks for those details. Is the Lifschutz letter the one about which there has been considerable co ...
5/17/2020 at 16:49
by: David Jay
Early Franked Mail set Abroad
Attached is an image of a 18 August 1864 letter from St Petersburg to Lyon, franked with p 12.5 1k, ...
5/16/2020 at 19:03
by: David Jay
How to identify Russian postmarks
For imperial postmarks, the single most valuable tool is probably the pdf listing of Russian post of ...
11/16/2019 at 15:41
by: David Jay
"Taken from the Box" and related labels
This is the earlier of the two labels, the one that leaves out the most common reason for the label ...
6/20/2018 at 00:47
by: David Jay
"Taken from the Box" and related labels
Another very nice Rossica issue, a while back (its been busy in my part of the world).

Meer Kosso ...
6/20/2018 at 00:44
by: David Jay
Octagon postmark
In 1885, all earlier stamps were to be removed from circulation, after the issue of the new designs ...
4/20/2018 at 12:08
by: David Jay
Registered letter with St Pet Geometric Mark 14
Ivo- The large fraction of "Taken from the Box" marks on these registered letters suggests that they ...
4/19/2018 at 23:58
by: David Jay
right side up version
4/5/2018 at 01:19
by: David Jay
Registered letter with St Pet Geometric Mark 14
The Otdyel of the St Petersburg post did not normally register letters during the period (1881-1904) ...
4/5/2018 at 01:14
by: David Jay
TPO without Number
Indeed -- thank you. In a much less beat up state! What a difference three years make.
3/4/2018 at 23:24
by: David Jay
TPO without Number
Ivo -- thank you. That suggests Libava-Gazenpot, which is a narrow gauge RR, and the letter is to Li ...
3/2/2018 at 01:03
by: David Jay
TPO without Number
This card was send 18 August 18 August 1893 to Libau (arriving 19 August) via Riga and an un-numbere ...
2/28/2018 at 01:57
by: David Jay
postmark translation
ИЗЯСЛАВЛЬ ...
2/28/2018 at 01:06
by: David Jay
TPO 65-66
There are many mysteries and loose ends in collecting imperial postmarks, and the "bi-directional" T ...
1/3/2018 at 01:21
by: David Jay
issue date for 1917 imperf Arms stamps
Thank you, Ivo. 10/4/1916 is indeed a date known to have been used on favor cancels with the Tiflis ...
11/19/2017 at 13:35
by: David Jay
1947 "Removed from the Box"
Another note -- as I read further in the latest Rossica (the article by A. Babochkin on German parti ...
11/18/2017 at 16:05
by: David Jay
1947 "Removed from the Box"
The excellent Skipton et al. article in the latest Rossica illustrates a connection between censorsh ...
11/18/2017 at 14:12
by: David Jay
Impossibly early
Attached is an image of a 3.5R imperf used 10/4/1916. The date is clear, but I can't make out the lo ...
11/18/2017 at 13:26
by: David Jay
Late Soviet usages of "Removed from the Box"
Sorry, the latest date should have been 1/3/1967
11/17/2017 at 11:00
by: David Jay
Late Soviet usages of "Removed from the Box"
Skipton, Kolchinsky and Volis have a very interesting article on the use of the various "Extracted f ...
11/17/2017 at 01:48
by: David Jay
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