Russian stamps 10 kopecks imperforate, strip of five, largest multiple known. Ex Fabergé

Russian stamps 10 kopecks imperforate, strip of five, largest multiple known. Ex Fabergé

February 16, 2013

Russian Post in China 3: Mandchurian Railway & Sweet Talk




A seemingly common item can often become charmful when you look at it under the prism of postal history. This nice card above from my stock has been sent from the Russian post office in Xarbin (actual China) to St Petersburg on the 11th of June 1914.

Franked with a 3 kopecks Romanov stamp, the adhesive has been cancelled with the Railway Station oval device (Vokzal) and the postcard was packed with the rest of the mail, placed into sealed bags and travelled through the Chinese (Mandchurian) railway lines until reaching Russia proper. The use of Romanov stamps in China (and Mandchuria) is always actively sought after by collectors, rightly or wrongly, but this is not what I find the most interesting about this item (although a Romanov stamp cancelled in Mandchuria is always a nice bonus). 

What I really enjoyed about that card lies in the message itself. 





"22-го июня

Ст. Харбинъ
II/VI/14 г. 
Дорогая Марусечка!

Ненаглядная, бесценная моя крошка! Вчера только прибыл въ Харбинъ, сегодня иду дальше по линiи. Сегодня или завтра напишу подробное письмо, а пока что спешу сообщить тебе мой адресъ: Станцiя Ханьдаохэцзы Китайской железной дор. линiи до востребованiя.
Твой и только твой 

Крепко целую моя дорогая."

Translation:

"22nd June
Train Station Xharbin
II/VI/14

Dear Marussechka!

My priceless baby! Yesterday only I arrived in Xharbin, today I go further on the line. Today or maybe tomorrow I will write to you a more detailed letter, but now I strongly want to give you my adress: Station Handoakhetse,  Chinese railway lines [Станцiя Ханьдаохэцзы Китайской железной дор].

Yours and only yours,

Kissing you strongly, my darling"

A sweet message which gives, beyond that lover's passion, a clear and scarce reference to the Chinese railway lines by a direct user of them.

Maxime

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