Category:Postal stationery of the Soviet Union
The first postal stationery of the USSR was created in 1923, a postal card. Envelopes were produced from 1927. According to Michel about 21,000 different types of postal stationery have been produced in the USSR from 1953/4 to 1991/2. Categorization is possible however by shared main characteristics, upon which postal stationery catalogues base their numbering and valuation.
Envelopes and postal cards:
- State Emblem: 10 different main types can be distinguished
- Inscription: 10 different languages can be found
- Imprinted stamp: parallel to stamp issue, many different colours but a few main types
- Paper: colour and type
- Printing type: letterpress or offset
- Printer information: stationery was printed by one of the 4 different printing companies in the USSR
- Moscow 'МПФГ' or 'МПФГ Гознака' or Mock. йеч. ф-ка Гознака' - MPF Goznak
- Moscow 'МTГ' or 'М.Т. Гознака'
- Perm 'ППФГ' or 'Пермской ф-кa Гознака'
- Ryazhsk 'Ряжской ф-кa Гознака'
- Detailed printer information: eg. printing license number and/or -date
- Preprinted ZIP code area: introduced in 1971, 6 different designs can be distinguished
- Watermark of cover: 8 types or absent
- Inside pattern: 12 types or absent
Airmail envelopes only:
- Border: 5 types
- AVIA: location on cover
This category has the following 4 subcategories, out of 4 total.