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Saturday 14 March 2015

Soviet Use of Ukrainian Stamps in 1920

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Here are two Money Transfer Forms used into Russia proper ( Samara and Tver guberniyas) from Soviet Ukraine but using Ukrainian stamps, revalued x 100 in conformity with RSFSR rules. I spent some time working out that in both cases the frankings are absolutely correct at 2% in one case and 2% plus a 60 rouble premium for the Telegraphic transfer in the other.

Then I noticed the handwritten remarks at the top of each form:

I translate these roughly to mean "Handled under Soviet power" or "Received under Soviet authority". My guess is that this was done to prevent possible confusion caused by the use of Ukrainian stamps - these were transfers from one Soviet area to another, not from one country to another. Can anyone improve my translations or offer more thoughts on the markings?

Added 19 April 2015: Alexander Epstein has scanned me the card below which also has a handwritten remark at the top, but this time it reads "Accepted under the Volunteer Army":

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