Russian post offices in China
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Russian post offices were first opened in Peking, Urga, Kalgan and Tien-Tsin sometime in the 1890's. In 1899 further offices were opened in Shanghai, Chefoo and Hankow. By 1912 there were a total of 30 Russian post offices in China. All the offices were closed during 1920.  Shanghai was the last to be closed on 27 November 1920.

In 1905 three wrappers were issued  by overprinting Russian wrappers of the 1891 issue diagonally with "Kitaj" in Cyrillic characters.

Newspaper Wrapper Russian PO China 01
1 kop orange, 376mm x 88mm

Newspaper Wrapper Russian PO China 02
2 kop green, 376mm x 134mm

Newspaper Wrapper Russian PO China 03
2 kop green, 444mm x 177mm

Newspaper Wrapper Russian PO China 02
2 kop green wrapper handstamped "POST ET TELEGRAPH MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERN"
This is a specimen copy sent by the UPU in Berne to the Madagascar Director of Posts for reference.

Newspaper Wrapper Russian PO China 01
1 kop orange wrapper with additional franking of 1 kop orange stamp.
Used from Shanghai, 22 Nov 1910, to Berlin in Germany

Newspaper Wrapper Russian PO China 03
2 kop green wrapper, 444mm x 177mm, with additional 2 x 1 kop orange stamps
Used from Hankow, 30 Aug 1908, to Bremerhaven.

Russian PO on China from Shaghai
2 kop green wrapper, 444mm x 176 mm,  with an additional 8 different stamps totalling 56kop.
Used registered from Shanghai, 18 May 1907, to Grefeld in Germany

© Jan Kosniowski
   December 2007