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1866 (22 May) 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The stamps were withdrawn at the end of 1868.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 from Wikimedia Commons. (about 500dpi) H2 - courtesy of Grosvenor Auctions. (about 500dpi)


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

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 this due to information shown below.

Russia H1a
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?

*According to stamps.ru there are two varieties of H1:
1) Imperf.
2) 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 picture elements. Replica 1881.

This would seem to be at odds with Hiscocks listing.
The description of the replica does seem to match the
'reperforated reprint' shown above. I have added H1b.

Combining this with information from skandinav.eu adds that the 1881 replica was originally imperf and has been fraudulantly re-perforated.


Later, normal postage stamps were used

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:
Кому - Whom
Куда - Where
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



Telegraph Seals.

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


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.


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 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.


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
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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