LITHUANIA : SOVIET PERIOD


FRANKING METER MARKS (POSTAL METERS)

Cover from Kaunas with a franking meter mark, 1972.

Original print size of this image: 15,655 x 11,261 cm (is something more as the postal item)








The text of the postmark - here some sharpened- is bilingual and the content is typically 'Soviet':
ИСПОЛКОМ [ISPOLKOM], Executive Comitee, КАУНАССКОЛО [KAUNASSKOGO], of Kaunas, ГОРСОВЕТА [GORSOVETA], City Council.

On internet we find 'International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics': http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/International_Postage_Meter_Stamp_Catalog/Union_Of_Soviet_Socialist_Republics.
In this 'catalog' the franking meter mark of this cover is to classify under GROUP D: Upright octagon. These postmarks are from 'Perm machines', usually printed in black.
Subdivision of this group:

  • Sub-group DA: "ПОЧТА / СССР [POCHTA SSSR] at bottom
  • Sub-group DB: КОП [KOP] at bottom
  • Sub-group DC: РУБ [RUB] at bottom
  • Sub-group DD: Blank at bottom

The cover here is type DA, and again a sub-division:

  • DA1. Francotyp C (MV), 1950: ПОЧТА is curved and double outer frame line and inner box around value figures
  • DA2. Perm C (MV): also ПОЧТА is curved and with single-line outer frame

  • DA3. Perm : ПОЧТА at bottom is straight and sides with "К".
    A. inner box complete
    B. inner box open at centre of sides
  • DA4. Perm (MV): ПОЧТА at bottom is straight and sides are blank without К.
    A. star at top negative (hammer & sickle white) B. star at top positive (hammer & sickle black)
  • DA5. Perm (MV): ПОЧТА at bottom is straight and blank at top as well as sides

The cover here is clearly type DA3 A: ПОЧТА at bottom is straight and sides with "К", inner box complete.




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