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Posted 11/14/2021   11:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks kuikka! Your explanations are very clear and helpful.
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Posted 11/15/2021   12:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kuikka to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You are most welcome.
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Posted 11/15/2021   4:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Tim H to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You will notice that the top two wavy lines on the cancel are broken. This damage happened very early on in its use, a week or so after the canceller came in to service in late 1929, and the upper line broke first. There are various stages of disrepair, as the damage to both lines is progressive with continuing use. The example shown is a nice clear illustration of the very advanced state of breakage.
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Posted 11/27/2021   5:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Tim!

Here is a 'local domestic' philatelic cover bearing the first, or 'flower' series. The cover is a somewhat late usage (June 1919) of the stamps as they were first issued between late November 1918 and January 1919. Dorpat, written by the sender, is the German name for Tartu. There are no markings on the reverse of the envelope.

The registration is a hand stamped, divided rectangle with identifying number. The "R" is manuscript, and the number has been written/repeated below due to incomplete stamping. It is shown in the Hurt and Ojaste handbook and identified as #29.



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Posted 11/28/2021   1:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Tim H to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice early registration cachet! I like these early semi-manuscript or completely manuscript ones (the latter often come in red ink). It shows a wonderful resourcefulness; the country was just emerging from occupation into the War of Independence, and there were shortages of everything: post office cancellers, registration cancellers and even consistent paper to print the stamps on. Some smaller offices simply used the old Russian etiquettes. However, there was a public service to carry out, and by did this with relish to support the birth of a new nation.
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Posted 11/29/2021   1:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Tim!

Here is a March 12, 1992 (cancel shows 82) registered airmail cover from Tartu to Germany (BRD). Cover has 60 kop in 'Arms' first issue stamps and 4.50 rubla, blue Tartu perfostrip local label for a total of 5.10 rublas postage paid.

Catalogue of Estonian Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery (2003) says this about the perfostrips (Tartu locals), "Provisionals of the Tartu Post Office. Value perforated into white, light blue and blue computer roll paper used by the Toravere Observatory, gummed at Kehra paper mill. 25 x 110 mm...Sold over the counter in Tartu area post offices until 9 Jan. 1992,until 20 June 1992 used by post office clerks to frank postal items handed in by customers, valid for postage until 30 June 1993."

The catalog lists the numbers issued for the three paper colors in 16 values each, from 3.60 rublas to 104.70 rublas. Largest number issued was 7114 for the 3.60 rbl on white paper, and the smallest number issued was 163 for the 37.50 rbl on blue paper.

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Posted 11/29/2021   4:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Tim H to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bob, I only collect Estonia up to 1945, but my understanding us that these are very collectable. Returning to the recent theme of primitive registration cachets, this is another nice example but 75 years later than your last cover, when Estonia was once again emerging into independence.
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Posted 11/29/2021   6:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Tim. I neglected to mention the registration marking, which was my original reason for wanting to show the cover. I have several more (different) modern hand stamped registration markings that maybe I'll remember to post.

Here is a New Year's greeting card which bears an early Tallinn machine cancel. It is Tallinn's second such Estonian cancel, and while its predecessor has a series of straight lines between the rings, this one has wavy lines. Like the first one it has narrow ring bearing the city and country names. The center of the cancel has a 24 hr time (hour), day, month and year (11 a.m., 30 December 1921) .

The handstamped JUURU 1.1.22 receiving cancel is faint. The picture has a "1" in a flower pot, four-leafed clovers and horse shoes.


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Posted 12/01/2021   5:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Everything about this December 11, 1981 cover from Reykjavik, Iceland to Connecticut, USA seems to indicate that it carried a Christmas card to its addressee. The cinderella/Christmas seal on the left is Icelandic, but the Estonian National Fund cinderella on the right may indicate that either or both families were emigres or exiles.

The Estonian National Fund was a patriotic organization founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 1946. Here is text from an Estonian National Fund membership card (from searchworks.stanford.edu), "Estonian National Fund - Estonian Liberty Fund! Being a member of ERF is every Estonian's national duty. Mobilize our strength for decisive events both mentally and materially. Not words, but actions are what our suffering homeland expects from us."


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Posted 12/03/2021   7:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Can anyone tell me what these are? Postal money order receipts?

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Posted 12/03/2021   7:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like it,
similar to Czech cards.
Await the specialists.
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Posted 12/03/2021   9:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vayolene to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Cut-out from postal money orders,indeed.
Here is an unused one
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Posted 12/03/2021   9:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks vayolene! I have 5 of the fragments; will store your information with them.
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Posted 12/08/2021   4:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here is the 1940 'Carrier Pigeon' set from 1940. The set commemorates the centenary of the first adhesive postage stamp. Stamps were set to be issued early in the year, but were released after the USSR invasion and annexation in July. The Soviets were followed by the Germans who invaded in July of 1941, occupying Tallinn by August 28, 1941.

The Estonia Philately and Postal History Handbook says, "The issue was supposed to be sold over the counter until November 30, 1940 and to be valid until January 31, 1941. Both these deadlines seem to have been extended. Genuine covers are known as late as June 1941. Mixed frankings with Soviet stamps are in existence."

The 15 senti cover is business correspondence. The rectangular, hand stamped box is not postal, but is a record keeping/receipt stamp (SAADUD means received) of the business. The lightly penciled date is 6 XI 40.

There were many remainders of this issue which must have found their way to Germany. Estonia Handbook says, "The imperforate 15 s. value originates from the unperforated remainders in the GPW and was never sold over the counter.

About the black imperforates Estonia Handbook says, "After the war a number of so called proofs in various colors has appeared. These were made with genuine plates stolen from the GPW, on different papers. The print is mostly unclear and poorly executed."





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Edited by bookbndrbob - 12/08/2021 6:51 pm
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Posted 12/09/2021   06:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vayolene to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From my collection from Estonia :

6 "proofs" of the 30 senti "carrier pigeon"


And a registered ("Tähitud" )cover from Tartu to Valga (December 1940) with mixed franking
"Voetud välja postkastist" means "taken out of mailbox"

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