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  - Grosvenor Auctions
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Antonio Torres - on Delcampe
Peter Bernard - on Delcampe
Toluki - on Ebay
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RUSSIA.

1866 (22 May) Typographed. White wove paper without watermark. Perf 11¾
These feature the Arms of St Petersburg.
St Petersburg used standard forms for 40 kopek that were good for up to 20 words.
Beyond that, these stamps could be added at 20 kopek for each 10 words.
In 1867 the cost was halved and the stamps were overprinted for 10 kopeks.
The stamps were withdrawn at the end of 1868.
Anyone have an example of one of these forms?


Russia H1 Russia H2
Type 1 (H1) from Wikimedia Commons. (about 500dpi) H2 - courtesy of Grosvenor Auctions. (about 500dpi)


Russia H1a
An example of H1a.
From RL

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 20 kopeks brown and black 5000.00 -
H1a         imperf, (November 1881 Reprint) 250.00 -
*H1b         H1a re-perforated (see below) 250.00 -
H2 10k surcharged in red on No. 1 (3.12.67) 500.00 -
Russia H1a
Another example of H1a that was recently sold, this with selvedge.
Courtesy of  raritanstamps.com
Russia H2
An example of H2 that I managed to get.
It seems hard to get them in good condition.


Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. No. 1(a) is listed by Morley as a genuine stamp but the evidence points
                to its being a reprint.


* I have added H1b due to the information below.

Russia H1b

An example of *H1b that is described.
as a reperforated reprint.
Image courtesy of Peter Bernard.

 

How do you recognise a reperforated reprint ?

John Barefoot says "beware imperfs with forged perforations", but how do you recognise them?

Credit to Peter Bernard, that he describes his stamp as being just that and tells me that he showed it to 'an expert'.
If he had simply offered it for sale as a Russian Telegraph stamp, how much would you have bid?

As you would expect, the best source of information is on Russian websites.
skandinav.eu and stamps.ru have provided the missing information.
The original stamp was produced perforated in 1866 and subsequently overprinted in 1867.
These were Typographed, with the black part printed first, followed by the brown background lines.
In this way, the brown lines are on top of the black, and thus visible.

In 1881 imperforate reprints were made. These were printed in "reverse order", with the brown
background printed first, then the black. Because of this, brown background lines are not visible on the black areas.

Subsequently, people have added perforations to some of the reprints to make them look like the original issue.

 

Later, normal postage stamps were used

Russia 1kop 1888   Russia 14kop 1891
A 1 kopek and 14 kopek of the 1889-92 issue, with telegraphi cancels
of 1888 and 1891 respectively, both used in Saint Petersburg - from RL.



Russia 3 x 3 kop 1910
A strip of three 3 kopek of the 1909-12 issue, with telegraph cancels of 1910 applied at
Екатеринб(ург) or Ekaterinburg, gateway to Siberia, re-named Sverdlovsk in 1924 - from RL.

But things are not always as they seem.
Russia 1ekaterinburg-1909-cover
Russia 1ekaterinburg-1909-cancel  Russia 1ekaterinburg-1909-back

This is a registered letter from an Attorney in Ekaterinburg to the District Court in Vyatka/Bятка (now Kirov/Киров),
showing the telegraph cancel on the front and the back-stamp. This is dated 22 January 1909.
Though the offices involved may have handled both mail and telegraphs, this was sent by mail.
Images courtesy of Sergey, trading as philocartist on Delcampe.


Russia 10R 1915

This is a 10 Ruble stamp used in Vladivostok 24 December 1915 with a punch-hole cancel.

This is one possible way in which they were used.

Money Transfer

These were used to transfer money by Telegraph'. This transferred 1500 Rubles in 1912 from
Grajewo (now in Poland) to Rozhysche (now in Ukraine) at a cost of 5 Ruble, 15 kop.
Similar to the 10 Ruble above, though smaller, there are punch-holes in each stamp.
Image courtesy of Antonio Torres on (click image for Delcampe listing).
A similar item, but for a transfer by post in 1914 and without punch-holes, can be seen at POSTAL HISTORY OF LITHUANIA.
That was a cheaper method of transfer, though slower.


Useful translations:
ПЕРЕВОДъ ПО ТЕЛЕГРАФУ - TRANSFER by Telegraph
Кому - Whom
Куда - Where
ОПЛАЧЕНъ - PAID
Граево. - Grajewo (town now in north-eastern Poland with 23,302)
Служебнын отмѣтки - Service mark
РОЖИЩЕ - Rozhysche (now in Ukraine)
Роеписка получателя - The receipt of the recipient

 

Receipts.

A range of receipts were used, some with decorative borders.

St. Petersburg to Leipzig 1899
St. Petersburg to Leipzig 1899. - From RL

Riga to Leipzig 1901
Riga to Leipzig 1901. - From RL

Kiev to Leipzig 1903
Kiev to Leipzig 1903. - From RL

Moscow to Leipzig 1904
Moscow to Leipzig 1904. - From RL

 

 

Telegraph Seals.

This is said to be an Official Post Office letter of 1890 (sorry, I'm rubbish at reading Russian handwriting).

KARLINSKOYE telegram
KARLINSKOYE telegram


It has a 27 June Circular date stamp saying "СИМБИРСК
ъ ПOЧT. ТелегР. КОНТ." (Simbirsk Posts [&] Telegraph Control[?]),
and a 28 June CDS which is hard to read but with perhaps "ШУМОВСКАЯ П.С." (Shumovskaya, Ulyanovsk region)
Simbirsk (Симби́рск), is the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin (originally named Ulyanov), Simbirsk was renamed Ulyanovsk in 1924.
Images courtesy of Anatoly of toluki on ebay (click image for listing)..

This is dated June 1897 and has a seal of the Penza post-telegraph administration (ПEHЗEHCKAГO ПOЧTOBO-TEЛEГPAфHAГO OKPУГA.)
again with 'для писемъ' at the bottom meaning 'for letters'.

Simbirsk telegram
Simbirsk telegram


It is from Penza (Пенза) about 625km Southeast of Moscow (next to Simbirsk, see above) to Karlinskoye (Карлинское) near
Ulyanovsk (Ульяновск, then Simbirsk) about 893km east of Moscow.
Images courtesy of Anatoly of toluki on ebay (click image for listing)..



This item is interesting.

Seals-pg-48ab

It is for post or telegraph use, 'для писемъ' at the bottom means 'for letters'.
The writing on the left uses obsolete script. The closest I can get is 'Главная Управление' meaning 'Main management'.


This is a similar one, - from RL

CHISINAU seal

it is inscribed
'НАЧАЛЬНИКА КИШИНЕВСКАГО ПОЧТОВО-ТЕЛЕГР.ОКР.' which translates easier as:
'НАЧАЛЬНИКА КИШИНЁВСКАГО ПОЧТОВО-ТЕЛЕГРАФНОГО ОКРУГА' which means:.
CHIEF OF THE CHISINAU POSTAL-TELEGRAPHIC DISTRICT
Chisinau, or Chișinău is the capital city in what is now the Republic of Moldova.


This is another interesting item.

Министерство путей сообщения (МПС)

The 'МПС' in the middle stands for Министерство путей сообщения meaning 'Ministry of the Means of Communication'
effictively the Ministry of Railways (founded in 1865). Below that is 'Telegraph' and the wording around the edge
in modern script, 'Казения Железния Дороги' means 'State railways'.
The writing though is rather old-fasioned (click image for listing).

Steve Hiscocks made a start on cataloguing seals of the world in a book he published in 2007.
It was his hope to update it later, but unfortunately that was not to be.
His original book can be viewed at Telegraph Seals: A World Catalogue. There are links from the pages to my updates.

Alternatively you can view the latest page for Russia.

 

Help welcome from anyone familiar with Imperial Russian.

 

 

Other Cyrillic Telegraph Stamps.

Yugoslavia

I'm not sure of the status of these, or the date.
They say "For Telephone Orphan" in cyrillic and latin script and this cancel looks like Sarajevo.
They may be charity stamps like the 'Huérfanos de Telégrafos' stamps of Spain.
Telephone-orphan stamp   Telephone-orphan stamp
The face value is 1 Dinar. The first seems to be dated May 1940.
A recent (May 2016) Ebay lot describes these as 'POSTER STAMPS-FOR TELEPHONE ORPHAN-1939'.
An Ebay lot (May 2014) describes these as 'SUPPLEMENTARY POST STAMPS' of 1928, and
'MADE IN SERBIA - KINGDOM OF YUGOSLAVIA ... FOR TELEPHONE ORPHAN'
The same seller (in Novi Sad, Serbia) listed 2 Dinar (purple) and 4 Dinar (blue) stamps of 1930/31 with a different design inscribed
in cyrillic only which he describes as 'MADE FOR HELPING KINDERGARTEN AT BULBOLDER (BELGRADE)'
So it would seem that these are charity stamps. The Scott and Michel catalogues do not list them.

Yugo-sp-1926 Seals-pg-57b Cyrillic FNRJ
There are also quite a few Telegraph Seals known for Yugoslavia.

 

You may also be interested in the Telegram seals of:

Croat-1 1920 1936 version Estonia-1
Croatia Czechoslovakia Estonia

 

Finland-DB-1925r Seals-pg-40ab Seals-pg-41a
Finland Latvia Lithuania

 

Poland H6a Poland-13 Romania-1 Seals-pg-48ca
Poland Romania Serbia

 

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