Registered mail

 

The TPO's also handled registered mail. Until printed labels were introduced the appropriate notes were written by hand on the piece of mail. Also rubber-stamps appeared on some routes before different types of printed labels were used.

 

In the printed labels the post office is designated by "L'amb. No.". The "R" and the frame are red but the text in the box is black. "L'amb." is an abbreviation of the French word "L'ambulance" which in this case means approximately "Travelling" or "Mobile" after which the TPO number was to be entered.

 

On envelopes seen the registration number of the item always is very low, mostly "No.1" or "No.2". Most likely the numbering started from scratch each month. This indicates that very few registered envelopes were handled by the travelling post offices and therefore they have to be seen as very rare.

Hand written registration mark

for registration,

Registered item No. 1 

p.v. 5  (postal wagon No. 5)

The design of the hand-written marks varies from case to case

Rubber stamp
R / P.V.N. (postal wagon branch) + Latvija
the postal wagon branch No. "42"

is hand-written
No "1" (hand-written) for the registered item No. 1

Registration label
1st type; R + L´amb. No / (Lettonie)
No. of the postal wagon, hand-written.
No. of the registered item, hand-written
"R" with hook on "leg"

Registration label

"empty" Registration label

No. of the postal wagon, hand-written.
No. of the registered item, hand-written
"R" with straight "leg"

Registration label
"empty" Registration label
No. of the postal wagon, indicated by the TPO postmark
No. of the registered item, hand-written
"R" with hook on "leg"

Postage Due Markings used by the Travelling post offices
This thematic will for the moment not be presented on this site as a compendium in English:

"Studienmanuskripte der Forschungsgemeinschaft Lettland im BDPh e.V., Folge 15 / Latvia: Postage Due Markings Used by Travelling Post Offices by Vesma Grinfelds" is available from the Harry v. Hofmann Verlag in Germany.
Price ca € 3,00.

Rubber stamp 

R / P.V. (for postal wagon) + Latvija

the postal wagon No. "N 17" hand-written

No  "1" (hand-written) for the registered item No. 1

  

Registration label
1st type; R + L´amb. No / (Lettonie) 

No. of the postal wagon, hand-written.

No. of the registered item, hand-written

"R" with straight "leg"

Registration label

Label with text in Latvian; Pasta vag. No

No. of the postal wagon, hand-written.
No. of the registered item, hand-written
"R" with hook on "leg"

Registration label
"empty" Registration label
No. of the postal wagon, hand-written.
No. of the registered item, hand-written
"R" with hook on "leg"