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smile.gif posted on 3/26/2005 at 17:49
Meter postmarks


Here are three nice meter marks.

Comments? Additional information?

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[*] posted on 4/4/2005 at 18:00


did they have a re-naming ceremony each year?:hoho
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[*] posted on 5/6/2005 at 09:19


Another version from the period. It has a white hammer and sickle on a black star to match the postmark. Also a different typeface.

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[*] posted on 5/6/2005 at 09:27


Some years later and a new typeface again and in red. Do I see meter numbers on two of the last three?

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[*] posted on 6/5/2005 at 05:23
A little earlier mark


Here is a meter mark from 1954. Earliest recorded is ????????

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[*] posted on 6/17/2005 at 12:31
Moscow Meter from 1929?


Is this a Moscow meter on a preprinted/prestamped reply card to the Foreign Division of the Bank for Foreign Trade USSR?

The “meter” is printed over the place reserved for the stamps (Для марок).

The “meter” reads:
В СУММЕ -10 К
УВЕДОМЛЕНИЕ ОПЛАЧЕНО
МОСКВА 30E ГОР. П. -Т. ОТД.

Which I translate as something like:
IN THE SUM OF -10 KOPECKS
PAID NOTICE
MOSCOW 30E CITY POST-TELEGRAPH BRANCH OFFICE

The receipt is for 50 rubles to Maria Koshitska, Village of Matrunki, Lyubar Post, Volinsk guberniya.

The card is perforated on three sides which seem to indicate that it is a reply card.

The postmarks seem to indicate receipt in Lyubar 17 Jul 1929 from Moscow, mailed back 18 Jul 1929, and received in Moscow 20 Jul 1929.

I think the rates at this time were the 18 Jul 1928 rates of 5k for intercity postcards and 10k for intercity letters.

So I am not sure exactly what is going on here. In any case, I would like to submit this as a possible use of a meter in 1929.

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[*] posted on 6/17/2005 at 12:32


The back of the card:

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[*] posted on 6/17/2005 at 16:47


I suspect the 30th Branch office is a handstamp rather than a meter mark. However, further evidence can certainly help all of us make a learned decision. Thanks for the images.
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[*] posted on 6/20/2005 at 04:21


I think too that "E-30" is handstamp, no meter mark.
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[*] posted on 7/1/2005 at 10:08


Hi Gary ...
I have a bunch of photcopies from " 1940 Edition of Meter Postage Stamp :Catalogue:
The is an example of " Russian Meter Postage " dated as " 4 IV 24 MOCKBA " encased into / as ... 1930 Type 1 (FV) Fixed Value Die - Discrived as " Unversal New Zeland Model " ...



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[*] posted on 7/1/2005 at 11:18


There is one from Type2 (MV) Multiple Value Die.
As you can see 2 of the rigth No`s have shilted upwards or towards :)

I have removed my scan - Clearly a " Huge Mistake " On my part ... Sorry " Guys " ...

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[*] posted on 7/8/2005 at 09:04


What kind of rate would be 3 kopecks to Holland in 1935? At that time even a local letter was 10k.
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[*] posted on 7/9/2005 at 09:30


Quote:
Originally posted by jlechtanski
What kind of rate would be 3 kopecks to Holland in 1935? At that time even a local letter was 10k.


Sorry I have a clue - Will have to report at late ... Greettings.
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[*] posted on 7/27/2005 at 10:32


Quote:
Originally posted by Leroux
Quote:
Originally posted by jlechtanski
What kind of rate would be 3 kopecks to Holland in 1935? At that time even a local letter was 10k.


Sorry I have a clue - Will have to report at late ... Greettings.


Sorry for the delay ... I have removed the scan - It was " Clearly A Huge Mistake " on my part ... The enveloppe and meter were genuine - Only the rest wasn`t ... The adress have evidently written on it much later - And clearly the enveloppe never saw the " Post office " ...
Apolozies - Greetings ...
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[*] posted on 7/27/2005 at 11:16


If the meter is genuine there is no mistake. One of the problems with variable rate meters is that you can put in the wrong value in error.

In the United States you can give such metered envelopes to the post office and have the amount credited to your account. Maybe they were able to do that in Russia as well, and the envelope was being saved for that purpose.

It was a nice example of that type of meter.
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[*] posted on 8/1/2005 at 11:53


Moscow 1930 Meter on eBay Looks like the Universal Midget.

http://cgi.ebay.com/RUSSIA-1930-MK-Commercial-Meter-Cover-to...
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[*] posted on 6/29/2006 at 10:41
Another Example


This one from 1955 has a curved Pochta.

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[*] posted on 6/29/2006 at 16:51


Good stuff. Local letter. Moscow, Central?. Chistye pryudi (#8), Editorial Office of the Newspaper Vechernaya Moskva.
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[*] posted on 6/29/2006 at 21:59


I take the street as being "Pure Ponds" -- or at least that is the way I see the area of Moscow is translated.

It seems we have only been able to find examples of meters from Moscow. They must have been used in other cities as well.
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