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In imperial Russia, numerous local postal services existed. The imperial post didn't serve all the towns, the so-called 'ZEMSTVOS' rural postal services filled this gap. In total, about 3400 different stamps were issued.
If anybody posesses pictures of Zemstvo stamps that are not yet in my catalogue, please contact me!
The following disticts issued its own stamps: Akhtyrka, Alatyr, Alexandria, Ananiev, Ardatov, Arzamas, Atkarsk Bakhmut, Balashov, Belebei, Berdiansk, Bielozersk, Bobrov, Bogorodsk, Boguchar, Borisoglebsk, Borovichi, Bronnitsy, Bugulma, Buguruslan, Buzuluk, Byezhetsk, Chembar, Cherdyn, Cherepovets, Cherkask, Chern, Chistopol, Dankov, Demiansk, Dmitriev, Dmitrov, Dneprovsk, Donets, Dukhovschina, Fatezh, Gadyach, Gdov, Glazov, Gryazovets Irbit, Kadnikov, Kamyshlov, Kashira, Kasimov, Kazan, Kharkov, Kherson, Kholm, Khvalynsk, Kirillov, Kobelyaky, Kologriv, Kolomna, Konstantinograd, Korcheva, Kotelnich, Kozelets, Krapivna, Krasnoufimsk, Krasny, Kremenchug, Kungur, Kuznetsk Laishev, Lebedin, Lebedyan, Lgov, Livny, Lokhvitsa, Lubny, Luga Malmyzh, Maloarkhangelsk, Mariupol, Melitopol, Morshansk, Nikolsk, Nolinsk, Novaya Ladoga, Novgorod, Novomoskovsk, Novorzhev, Novouzensk, Odessa, Okhansk, Opochka, Orgeev, Osa, Ostashkov, Oster, Ostrogozhsk, Ostrov, Pavlograd, Penza, Pereslavl, Pereyaslav, Perm, Petrozavodsk, Piryatin, Podolsk, Poltava, Porkhov, Priluky, Pskov, Pudozh, Rostov, Ryazan, Ryazhsk, Rzhev, Samara, Sapozhok, Saransk, Sarapul, Saratov, Shadrinsk, Shatsk, Shchigry, Schlisselburg, Simferopol, Skopin, Smolensk, Solikamsk, Soroki, Spassk, Staraya Russa, Starobyelsk, Stavropol, Sudzha, Sumy, Syzran, Tambov, Tetyushi, Tikhvin, Tiraspol, Toropets, Totma, Tula, Tver, Urzhum, Ustsysolsk, Ustyuzhna, Valdai, Valki, Vasil, Velikii Ustyug, Velsk, Verkhnedneprovsk, Verkhotur, Vesegonsk, Vetluga, Viatka, Volchansk, Volsk, Yarensk, Yassy, Yegorevsk, Yekaterinburg, Yekaterinoslav, Yelets, Yelisavetgrad, Zadonsk, Zemlyansk, Zenkov, Zmeinogorsk, Zolotonosha
In general these stamps are rare, non of them are common; age (in their days these stamps were not collected much) and 2 world wars have left their traces....
(Zemstvo stamp used together with Russian stamp)
Thanks to Bill Claghorn, for giving me many of the images presented here!
Warning: in the 1890's many of the rarer Zemstvo stamps were forged in London and Berlin (information thanks to Brian Hickling), I have no further information right now.
I would like to thank Robert Scott for identifying these stamps for me:
(Danilovsk fiscal stamp for medication tax issued in 1886)
(probably postal stationery from the Slobodsk Zemstvo)
Seal of the Grajvoronsk District Zemstvo Town council.
Parcel stamp, issued by the 'Chairman of the common people' from Orshansk
(Probably a seal, issued by the Kovrovsk District Zemstvo)
(A zemstvo stamp for Lisestrovsk?)
I've been told that the next stamp, a 10 R Russia stamp with overprint, is a non-issued Zemstvo issue, I have no further information:
(Unissued Zemstvo stamp?
I don't know if the following stamp is actually a zemstvo:
(The inscription reads 'Victims of Galicia')
Doplatit = Postage due
Zakaznoe = Registered
http://www.rossia.com/stamps/frzemstvo.htm with many pictures and prices for Zemstvo stamps on recent auctions!