There are still some nice collections to build with a modest budget. Even postal history collections. And even from the Imperial period.
The following is a short selection of cards sent to unusual destinations. Most of them can be find, unrecognized, on Ebay or at your usual retailer for a small price, sometimes a few dollars. The price paid is usually not in relation with their scarcity. And the detective work to find them, then to exploit their story as a postal historian, adds lots of fun to the game.
Figure 1 - October 1911: St Petersburg to Queensland, Australia
Figure 1 illustrates a postcard sent from St Pertersburg on the 22th October 1911 to Queensland, in Australia. It is franked only at the 2 kopek rate (printed matter, confirmed by the "PETCHATNOE" single handstamp).
Figure 2 - March 1907: Warsaw area to Santiago Del Chile, Chile
Figure 2 shows a postcard sent from a city in the Warsaw area on the 25th March 1907 to Santiago Del Chile, Chile, South America. In my experience, Russian mail to south america is more encountered with destinations such as Brazil or Argentina, more rarely Chile.
Figure 3 - May 1906: Riga to Papeete, Tahiti, Oceania
Figure 3 illustrates a postcard sent from Riga the 12 May 1906, and adressed to Papeete, Tahiti, Oceania. An amazing connection and, needless to say, a very, very unusual destination for Russian Imperial mail!
Figure 4 - January 1894: Odessa to Mozambique, Eastern Africa
Figure 4 is a reply-card already shown in an earliest post. Sent from Odessa in 1894 to the Governor of Mozambique, East Africa. A very scarce destination indeed.
Obviously, this is only a short selection, but it will give you, I hope, a glimpse of what can be achieved. With more than a hundred countries as possible destinations, this should keep the winter days busy.