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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Stamps on the Move: More On Out-of-District Trident Use in Podillia

Stamps overprinted with the distinctive Trident handstamps of Podillia were introduced in the Podolia postal district - that is, in post offices using cancellations ending in "POD" - at the end of August 1918. Some were also distributed to Bessarabian post offices (notably Khotin). They continued in use into 1920 and even later.

At the same time, stamps with the overprints of other postal districts were distributed in Podillia for normal use. Of course, philatelists also brought Tridents of other districts to the counters of Podillian post offices for cancelling. But with that I am not concerned.

Basing myself on a quite small collection of Podillia postmarks, I find Tridents from other Districts used as follows [ I transliterate from the Russian language postmarks, none of which were modified in this period]:

List last updated 13 March 2013

POLTAVA TRIDENTS
Used at Mogilev [illustrated on my Blog of 8 January 2013]

KYIV TRIDENTS
Used at Vapniarka, Proskurov, Smotrich [ example below from March 1920],


KHARKIV TRIDENTS
Used at Brailov, Gusyatin, Kamenetz,  Murov - Kurilovtsi [ 5 rouble imperforate example below from December 1918], Nemirov, Ternovka, Tomashpol, Yaroshenka, Zinkov

ODESA TRIDENTS
Used at  Bershad, Bratslav, Verkovka, Voroshilovka, Dzhurin, Dzigovka, Golovanesk, Kodima, Krasnosleka, Letichev, Litin, Mogilev, Nemercha, Nemirov, Novaya Ushitsa, Proskurov, Tivrovo, Trostyanets, Cherni Ostrov, Josefpol, Yaltushkov, Yampol, Yaroshenka, Zhenishkovtsi, 

My guess is that this list starting with 33 Out-of-District uses can be extended to about 100. I base myself on the fact that I once had an extensive but not complete Podillia postmark collection with examples from about 150 offices in the 1917 - 1923 period. It's quite clear that Odesa Tridents (almost entirely rouble values) were widely used in Podillia.

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