Friday, 13 July 2012
An Odessa document from 1882
This is a very ordinary document, but I don't remember seeing one like it before. It is of interest because it shows the use of French as a common language. The document reads as follows:
The Odessa post office certifies having received from the Consulate General of Turkey at Odessa the sum of twelve roubles and six kopecks in [payment for] over-the-counter frankings [ the actual words are affranchissements instanes] and registrations for the month of March 1882.
The Deputy Director
S. Liachovet ... [I am not sure about this and Googling for similar names hasn't helped]
[Postmark] Odessa, 12 12, posthorns without thunderbolts, 2 April 1882
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