First Issues - 1855 to 1857

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Russia SG187 Sc149 Russia SG325 Sc242
First RSFSR stamp
1918 SG187 Sc149
First USSR stamp
1923 SG325 Sc242
Express
1932 SG-E588 Sc-E1

The first issue was made under the tsars and Russia provides stylish examples of administration changes with the first stamps for the Russian Socialist Federal Soviet Republic (1918) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (1923). There were, of course many more issues at the break up of the USSR in the 1990s: these will be dealt with in one of the last displays.

Although not the first issued, Russia’s first express stamp set also inspired the express digression.





Accepting Russia as an 1857 entry avoids the problem of splitting 1858 over two displays and leaves room for a detailed summary of the issues to date.

Entities Total 40-49 50-51 52-54 55-57
Europe 14 3 4 3 4
North America 1 1      
Central America 1       1
South America 4 1   1 2
Asia 1     1  
Middle East 0        
Africa 0        
Oceania 1   1    
Total countries 22 5 5 5 7
           
Australian states 5   2 2 1
Austrian possession 1   1    
British colonies 8 1 2 2 3
Canadian provinces 4   3   1
French colonies 1     1  
German states 13 1 6 4 2
Indian state 1     1  
Italian states 5   2 3  
South African provinces 2     1 1
Spanish colony 1       1
Swiss cantons 3 3      
Danish colony 1       1
Total other 45 5 16 14 10
           
Total 67 10 21 19 17

The assignment of entities to categories is based on the the Gibbons listing, as used to be printed on the back of their catalogues: there's an example here. These stats are now held centrally, here.


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