Arago: Exhibits

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The Zemstvos were also to maintain the ways and means of communication; however, Czar Alexander II refused to relinquish the postal service and kept it as his own private domain. He also would not expand the areas served. Therefore the Imperial Postal system did not even offer service to the majority of the Zemstvos.

The Zemstvos, desperate for mail, began their own courier service to transport vital documents between the various government agencies within their own jurisdiction. In the early years these documents were transported on a gratuitous basis to circumvent the Czar’s edict regarding the exclusivity of the royal mail tariff. This soon led to the inclusion of commercial and personal items among the dispatch riders’ deliveries, which created the need for a system to indicate items on which the tariff had been paid. Initially seals were affixed to the address area on the documents to identify them.

10k Bogorodsk essay

Bogorodsk issued thirty-seven stamps from 1871- 1896 in over 150 varieties. This is an essay of the first issue with a small cross formed by five white dots at the bottom of the oval.

10k Bogorodsk rural post single

The 1871 stamps were issued in three demoninations: 1k dark red, 5k blue and 10k red (shown above).