(Maritime) 1899 Finnish picture postcard to Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland bearing mixed franking Russia 3k. cancelled framed ‘Fran RYSSLAND’ and Finland 1k. cancelled Stockholm cds, arrival cancels at base. A fine and scarce combination.
(Maritime) 1900 (4 July) printed envelope to Seattle, USA franked vertical laid paper 10k. pair tied Nagasaki Japan cds with further strike below, framed PAQUEBOT (31 x 9.5mm, Hosking 3243). A postage due charge handstamp has been applied and deleted with blue crayon. The sending company address amended from Shanghai to Vladivostok with handstamp, arrival backstamp, reduced at sides.
(Maritime) 1906 incoming 4k. Russian postal stationery card from Helsingfors, Finland to Sodertelge, posted on board ship with front showing framed Fran FINLAND maritime cachet together with Stockholm cds cancelling the stamp image; fine condition.
(Military) 1917 (21 Oct) French patriotic propaganda card to France, unfranked and bearing violet cachet ‘Mission Militaire Francaise En Russie’ then at Petrograd, Russia. Shortly after Bolshevik revolution when town name was changed from St Petersburg.
(Occupation of Odessa) 1943 (10 Apr) registered express cover to Munich, franked with pair of 12L and strip of three 24L Transnistria issue all tied by ODESA1*RECOMANDATA cds, provisional Odessa boxed registration handstamp below. Munich arrival and censor mark & label applied on arrival.
(Poland) 1914 (22.2.) insured cover, for 5,000 roubles from Warsaw to St Petersburg, between Electrification Departments, franked 7 roubles 74 kopecs, the franking including 2r. Romanov, reverse with remains of five wax seals and Postal Wagon 2 transit; two vertical filing creases clear of stamps.
(Post Offices in China) 1898 (11.4.) 4k. ‘Kitai’ overprinted postal stationery card to Cassel, Germany cancelled by three fine strikes in blue of Russian Post Offices in Shanghai, French maritime cds Ligne N Paq. Fr. No.2, arrival at bottom left, a fine card.
(Post Offices in China) 1904 (15.12.) 7k. ‘Kitai’ overprinted postal stationery letter card to Hamburg, Germany, uprated with similarly overprinted 5k. and 10k. tied by cyrillic Shanghai cds with another strike at left, reverse with Victoria Hong Kong transit and Hamburg arrival.Selvedge stuck together at left and right with some perf separtions, tone spotting at right, without message.
(Post Offices in China) 1908 (15.5.) 4k. ‘Kitai’ overprinted postal stationery card to Burgstadt, Germany cancelled by cyrillic Peking, index a cds with another strike to left, arrival cancel of 15.6. at bottom left; good condition with full message.
(Post Offices in China) 1918 (21.3.) 4k. stationery card to Shanghai uprated with 3k vertical pair tied by Chita index ‘b’ cds, centre of card with fine example of rare Shanghai censor in red, reverse of card datelined Pelschanka (bei Tschita)on origin; some heavy folding creases at left not affecting the stamps.
(Ship Mail to Korea) 1895 (1 MAY) cover to Berwick, Maine, USA endorsed “Via Nagasaki & Vancouver” franked pairs of 3k. and 7k.., posted on board ship and landed at Korean port of Gensan, cancelled with two red Gensan I.J.P.O. cds with framed PAQUEBOT in same ink. On reverse transits of Nagasaki (8 May), Yokohama (17 May) and San Francisco (Jun 1) plus arrival cds. The earliest usage at Gensan of Paquebot covers with Russian stamps; Ex Dr. Casey.
(Ship Mail to Korea) 1895 (28 Jul) cover to Berwick, Maine, USA endorsed “Via Nagasaki” franked by pair and single 20k., posted on board ship and landed at Korean port of Gensan, cancelled with two red Gensan I.J.P.O. cds with framed PAQUEBOT in same ink. On reverse transits of Nagasaki (1 Aug), Yokohama (7 Aug) and San Francisco (24 Aug) plus arrival cds. Ex Dr. Casey, on his album page where he notes “Two months earlier than earliest date recorded for Gensan/IJPO cancellation by J. Hyun (Japanese Philately vol. 30, no.2, 1975), who does not report it in red. Some slight faults to envelope.