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This postal card, albeit simple, is
The 3k. carmine card was uprated with a 1k. orange Imperial Eagle from the 1889 issue (Scott 46).
There are two circular geometric killers
post sub-office number 4 (in use from 1880-1895)* and a St. Petersburg CDS.
Each sub-office had a different geometric symbol so,
even if the number is illegible, one can determine the sub-office from the geometric symbol.
The varieties of these sub-office killers provides opportunities for interesting collections.
The message side of the card has a neat business handstamp in Russian but otherwise is in French.
Guillaume van Turnhout has provided this translation:
|"Sir, in answer to your letter of June 25th [note use of Gregorian Calendar from the reference letter] concerning the Napiersky case, I have the honor to inform you that Mr Nedzwedzky, lawyer, who is conducting this case, is not in Saint Petersburg for the moment. He will be back within one week and will then answer your letter. Please, Sir, be assured of my diligent attention. V. Blagovetchensky"|
*Thanks to Guillaume
for this useful addition regarding
the St. Petersburg sub-office killers and calendar differences.
**Thanks to Guillaume van Turnhout for the translation and
to Jim Whitford-Stark for pursuing the essence of the message.
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