In July 1894 in Bluefields, Nicaragua, opportunist Rolando Kuehn created covers bearing stamps of the 1894 issue handstamped “Mosquito / Provisional.” It is a certainty that Kuehn addressed the covers. It is not known if he created the handstamped adhesives, but the evidence says that he almost certainly did.
Figure 1. Cover addressed by Rolando Kuehn to himself at Rama City, located up the Rio Escondido and a 50-mile trip west fromBluefields. The cover is postmarked July 16, 1894, at Bluefields.It bears no backstamp or other markings on the front or the back.
Documents from that time are very rare, and therefore I am glad to use photos of the amazing collection of Mr. Mramornov for the presentation. So let’s go back to the days when the Aralkum desert was still proudly called the Aral sea.
Every country has several grey areas in its postal history about which little or nothing at all is known. This is no truer than in the case of the postal history and classic philately of Russia and the USSR, which abound in grey areas, with ever new discoveries still being made. In this article, I would like to describe the postal history of the newly acquired Soviet territories following the Soviet-Finnish “Winter War” in 1939 and in the years of World War II.
This still unclear stamp issue took place during the chaotic period of civil war in Russia. It was influenced by the life in the territories of the later Soviet Union, where Khorezm belonged. The news from that time and from this place it’s as scare as hen’s teeth. I tried to find unpublished information about Khoresm stamps on the Czech and Slovak Internet (as far as I know). Or at least those that are more detailed than the ones existing.