we most definitely do give a damn about postmarks. Very often the collector’s nemesis when they desecrate the intricate details of an especially rare stamp, the right frank mark can actually add value in some cases.
They’re especially interesting when they show how quickly the wheel of history can turn. Famously, the crazy price increases in Weimar Germany meant some stamps had to be overprinted, sometimes twice, before they got to the post office counter. Today’s featured example stem from an even more significant event: the Russian revolution. The communist regime have overprinted the old Tsarist stamps with a hammer and sickle within a star shape. Our other examples are from the Orange free state, when the republic was occupied by the British in 1900 and used the initials “V.R.I.”, denoting Victoria Regina Imperatrix – Latin for Victoria, Queen and Empress.