A set of five stamps,
issued in 1930, with an overprint "ODVA"
(transliteration). One of the stamps is very clearly postmarked
Samara, 12 November 1930.
One suggestion from
Merlynd Nestell (who bought these stamps at an eBay auction) is that the
overprint might stand for something like Odlenie Dalne Vostochnoi Armii
- ie, Division of the Far East Army.
The seller of the
stamps has now confirmed that this is so (although I don't entirely
consider the confirmation to be completely authoritative), but I've moved
this from the mystery page to the solved page. If anyone can offer more
information, that would be appreciated.
Merlynd purchased the
stamps for $12 not because he carefully appraised the value but because
he didn't know what they were, and was willing to spent that much as a