Soviet Clandestine Mail Surveillance 1917-1991
By David M. Skipton and Steve Volis,
a Collector's Club of Chicago Publication
This publication is an unusual hybrid of empirical philatelic research, argumentation and history presented chronologically. It examines the secret police's political control offices - the PKs - that secretly watched the correspondence of Soviet citizens and foreigners alike in the USSR, and demonstrates that the PKs used censor marks masquerading as postmarks to convey information and instructions between themselves. Hundreds of these censor marks are recorded here, along with hundreds more that the authors argue were used to aid in the "classification campaigns" of the 1920s, the prelude to collectivization and the purges.
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The Russian Field Post, 1914-1918 HANDBOOK/CATALOG
By Ardalion Vinokurov and Alexander Epstein
Definitive major work by Ardalion Vinokurov and Alexander Epstein - in English - on the World War I Russian field posts. Originally published some years ago in a short print run in Russian, this English version contains all of the covers and postmarks contained in the first edition plus numerous updates. The depth of research in this handbook/catalog is such that it must be the first source consulted for anyone wishing to collect this field, and is indispensable for exhibitors; we can assure you without exaggeration that this is the WWI Russian FPO Bible.
The Russian Post in the Empire, Turkey, China and the Post in The Kingdom of Poland
By S.V. Prigara, translated by David M. Skipton
Sergej Vasil'evich Prigara's masterwork on Imperial Russian period philately is undoubtedly the greatest compilation of such
information contained in one book, but for many years much of the knowledge it held remained largely unavailable to non-Russian-speaking collectors until this translation provided a better understanding and grasp of the depth and richness of the Russian field. Since the handbook's publication, much information which was unavailable or unknown to Mr. Prigara has come to light. As a result, there are a few errors and omissions in the original that have been retained - it must be kept in mind that this is a translation and not an update or rewrite. In some instances, clarifications have been made and a few holes plugged, but the translation has adhered as closely to the original as possible. The reader is invited to refer to the "bibliography" in the back for more recent information; some of them are definitive and almost all acknowledge some debt to Mr. Prigara's monumental work. There are over 350 pages of text and illustrations presented in this work.
The Russian Posts in the XIX Century
By K.V. Bazilevich, translated by David M. Skipton
Bazilevich's work, considered by many to be a companion piece to Prigara's The Russian Post in the Empire
, provides a detailed overview that Prigara could only touch upon. Bazilevich provides pure postal history in this extrememly rare work, providing both the novice and the expert alike a look at the Imperial postal system. The expert translation by David Skipton adheres as closely as possible to the original text. There are 159 pages of text and illustrations presented in two parts describing the Post in the first half of the XIX centruy and then the Post in the second half of the XIX century.
Cumulative Alphabetical List 1858 - 1916
By Gary Combs
In 1984 David Skipton introduced the Reverse Sort
. Nearly a decade later, Gary Combs rendered a forward sort of the same work of over 18,600 entries and corrected a few minor discrepancies. This work first appeared in English, and was subsequently reworked to produce a Cyrillic version. Both the Cumulative Alphabetical List and its partner publication the Reverse Sort offer the postal historian and cancellation collector the most comprehensive listing of locations available, albeit not a complete listing of all possible locations. An effort to produce a document of that magnitude would clearly exceed the size of this work. This work represents the largest single cumulative listing of Russian locations in existence in the Western world.
Imperial Russian Postal Placename List, Reverse Sort (1858 - 1915)
By David M. Skipton
This comprehensive work will allow the collector to identify cancellations where the first few letters of the placename are missing. This working aid a must for cancellation collectors. It contains 110,1107 postal placenames gleaned from ten sources, ranging from Prigara's The Russian Post in the Empire
to the official 1916 Postal List. The Reverse Sort is 379 pages and includes an introduction, an explanation of how to use the Reverse Sort, the compiler's notes, a list of cancellation abbreviations, format explanations, a list of sources, province and oblast' trigraph listings, a cyrillic-latin alphabet conversion chart, and 361 pages of cross-referenced placenames.
The Philatelist's Guide to Maps, Atlases, and Gazetteers of Russia
By Peter Michalove
This original work from Peter Michalove was initially written to provide the Russian collector and postal historian with a cartographic resource of maps and listings of placenames of postal routes. Peter attempts to tell the story of Russian maps in three parts: Part One provides a history of the classic cartography of Russia; Part Two deals with the cartographic resources available for the study of Imperial Russian postal history from the mid-18th century through 1917. Part Three provides details of the Soviet period until its collapse in 1991. This work consist of over 130 pages of cartographic details.
A Study of the Postmarks of Moscow, 1765-1917, Part One
By Gary Combs and Noel Warr
This study is the first of its kind published in English. Part One of this study (will there be a Part Two?) is separated into three basic areas: 1) History of the Russian Post; 2) Moscow City Post; and 3) Postmarks. Profusely illustrated with maps, tables, and postal history and (of course) postmarks this remarkable work is a vital edition to any collector of Moscow postmarks. This study includes over 280 pages of detailed information.
The Mute Cancels of Russia 1914-1917
By Arnold Levin
This book represents the definitive guide on the mute cancel field of World War I which is based upon the world's greatest collection of such cancels amassed over a period of over 30 years of collecting. Russia's mute cancels of World War I are one of the great mysteries of philately. The book consists of two parts: 1) a review of literature and research in the mute-cancel field and the administrative areas where mutes were used are listed. Special attention is given to the various kinds of handstamps used. Part 2 is a catalog with over 750 illustrations. Combined, Parts 1 and 2 represent over 370 pages of in-depth information and illustrations.
A Short History of the Rossika Society (1929 - 1968)
By David M. Skipton
This work is part history project, part archival inventory recording, part dusty old membership list and part family scrap album documenting the history of the Rossica Society from inception until 1968. The reader is able to follow the high and low points of the Society from the beginning years in Yugoslavia, a brief World War II "break" and multitudes of branches including New York and Shanghai. This well-researched amazing work comprises over 200 pages of text and illustrations, membership lists, erinophilia, postal history, etc. focused specifically on the Rossica Society.
Postal Stationery of Russia and its Dependencies (1845 - 1922)
By Alexander Epstein
This is a modern English language release of the stationery catalog in two volumes. Volume I is sub-titled Issues of the Central Postal Administration for the Russian Empire. Volume II is sub-titled Issues of For Specific Areas. In his introduction, the author states that "The postal history of Imperial Russia, as well as that of the early post-revolutionary period, is in many respects the 'poor kinfolk' of Russian philately." This catalog is a specialized publication for both the postal stationery and postal history collector.
Via the Red Skies - The Russian Air Network 1922 - 1941
By Dr. G. Adolph Ackerman
Via the Red Skies is designed to provide a comprehensive study of the development of the Soviet civil air network and air mail service from its beginning in 1922 to World War II. Flown covers will illustrate routes and stages in the air network expansion from a regional standpoint with accompanying maps of the operative air routes. International air mail covers passing through Moscow (or Leningrad) to western Europe are the most common items found in the hands of collectors in the western world. While an attempt has been made to provide balance, the scarcity of postal material available from regions of the country east of the Ural Mountains, e.g., Siberia, the Far East, Central Asia and Far North, will be apparent. Postal rates, air cachets and etiquettes are discussed and illustrated but assume a secondary position in this historic philatelic presentation.
Soviet Air Fleet/Osoaviakhim Stamps/Labels
By Dr. G. Adolph Ackerman
Soviet Air Fleet/Osoaviakhim Stamps/Labels is designed to provide a historical prospective of the formation, development and activities of the civil and military defense societies and to describe and illustrate the special stamps/labels issued by these organizations to collect public funds for the building of airplanes, strengthening defense and various air projects.
Rossica Journals 1 - 43 (in Russian)
By The Rossica Society
This is a single CD ROM with all Rossica Society journals from the initial issue through issue 43 - all in Russian. Relive the making of the Society, from the first issue published in 1930 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to the final issue published exclusively in Russian, Issue 44 published in 1941 in Shanghai, China.
Rossica Journals 44 - 160 (in English)
By The Rossica Society
This excellent source of philatelic research provides you a single DVD containing the English language issues of the Society from Issue 44, published in 1954, through Issue 160. The DVD is indexed, providing the user an easy-to-use interface with the capability of finding critical items through a key-word search.
Canadian Society of Russian Philately - Issues 1 - 60
By The Canadian Society of Russian Philately (CSRP)
When the Canadian Society of Russian Philately closed their doors, they agreed to allow the Rossica Society to make available more than 30 years of their research and publications - 60 total journal volumes published between 1977 and 2007. The Rossica Society is pleased to provide this comprehensive library of the complete run of the Canadian Society of Russian Philately (CSRP) journals on an indexed, single CD ROM, providing the user an easy-to-use interface with the capability of finding critical items through a key-word search..
Stamps of the Russian Empire Used Abroad
By S.D. Tchilinghirian and W.S.E. Stephen
Through a special agreement with the British Society of Russian Philately, Rossica is pleased to provide to our members the complete six volume work in PDF format Tchilinghirian's and Stephen's seminal work on the stamps of the Russian Empire that were used abroad. The CD includes additional amplifying data from articles published in most major Russian philatelic journals.
The G.H. Kaestlin Collection of Imperial Russian and Zemstvo Stamps
By Thomas Lera and Leon Finik,
foreword by David M. Skipton
The discovery of the Kaestlin Collection in 2010 at the National Postal Museum represents a homecoming of sorts for one of the Rossica Society's own, G.H. Kaestlin, or G.J., as he was listed in the Rossika membership rolls. He was one of three remarkable philatelists who joined old Rossika in 1935, Theo Lavroff and N. Szymanowski being the other two. Lavroff made significant contributions to Russian philately as an author and researcher, Szymanowski as a collector (and steward of a Tiflis stamp before it went to Kaestlin).
Postal Censorship in Imperial Russia
By David M. Skipton and Peter A. Michalove
Offered in 2 volumes in box set. Both volumes are over 480 pages. Volume 1 has Part 1 - Perlustration, Part II - Civil Censorship of Mails, and 5 Appendices. Volume 2 has Part III - Military Censorship of the Mails, 5 Appendices, Chapter 12 - Postal Censorship Handstamps, a Bibliography, and a subject name index. Beautifully bound in RED, size 9 inches x 12 inches.
The following Valery Zagorsky publications will be mailed from the publisher.
Russia New Postage Stamp Catalog 1857-1965
By Valery Zagorsky
This catalog uses the experience of previous editions, as well as the changed the prices for clean and postally used stamps. Standard
issues are combined in a separate section, and additional varieties of stamps are included. The numbering of re-issue stamps is introduced, and detailed information on rasters (issues) is provided. Information
includes stamps that are most often falsified. Quality categories (I - IV) and a rating table are offered. The changed price is highlighted in a different color. Printed in Russian.
Catalog of Russian Stamps 1992-2017
By Valery Zagorsky
This is a comprehensive catalog of Russian Federation stamps issued from 1992 - 2017. Printed in Russian.
Postage Stamp Catalog. Russian Federation 1992 - 2015
By Valery Zagorsky
The present catalogue features the philatelic items of the Russian Federation. The catalogue of Russian Federation stamps is published in English
with the evaluation in USD. The present edition of the catalog is characterized by the following features: (a) definitive stamps are registered in a separate section;
(b) successive numbering of definitive issues is introduced; (c) definitive issue of 2004 (Fourth standard) is described in greater detail;
(d) the errors of the previous editions are corrected; and (e) the prices are updated.
Catalog of Postage Stamps: Russian Empire, RFSFR, USSR 1857 - 1991
By Valery Zagorsky
The catalogue contains the illustrations of all issues of postage stamps.
Detailed information concerning the stamp varieties according to printing methods is given.
Illustrated table of search and varieties of definitive issues are quoted, name register and topical index are given.
Stamp varieties according to peculiarities of typographic printing are represented in greater detail.
The Catalogue includes a lot of other interesting data. 568 pages of the Catalogue contain 7400 illustrations.
Zemstvo Postage Stamps, 1866 - 1919
By Valery Zagorsky
This catalogue has completely new system of description and numeration of zemstvo postage stamps.
It proposed to all dealers and collectors of zemstvo postage stamps. The catalogue is made in accordance with modern generally
accepted form of stamps catalogization.