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Posted 09/24/2021   12:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add backroads to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Two interesting postmarks turned up for me in my last purchase. The first is most likely as common as dirt but interesting none the less. I noticed that the city postmark is on a Russian, not a Finnish Stamp. It is from that period of time when the base designs were very similar, so I suppose it happened frequently. What would be interesting to know is whether or not Russian stamps were sold and used in Finland at that time.

The second stamp has a cancel where I can identify only a single English word. "Expedition" Any idea of the story here?


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Posted 09/24/2021   12:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vayolene to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe "Réexpedition" (french word for "Redirection")
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Posted 09/24/2021   1:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 09/24/2021   3:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add billsey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, Russian stamps were used in Finland officially during those years. There is even a "mourning stamp" that was privately released in Finland with a 1 penni denomination on the back to protest the inability of using Finnish currency stamps in 1900.
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Posted 09/24/2021   4:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add backroads to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all. The French translation of the word does make sense, particularly if an extra fee were required for the service and the stamp were cancelled after it had been paid.

And it does explain why the Russian Currency stamp was cancelled with the Finnish town name. A very useful bit of information. Billsey, I think this may be the label you refer to. I knew it was in protest of Russian rule but I had not realized that it was more specific to Postal Issues.


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Posted 09/24/2021   5:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Roberto59 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello.
Russia annexed Finland in 1908, becoming the Grand Duchy of Finland, an autonomous entity whose Duke was the Tsar of Russia himself. At the end of 1917 Finland became independent.
There are no Finnish stamps from 1908 to 1917, only Russian stamps ,at least officially.
Regards.
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Posted 09/25/2021   6:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add billsey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, that is an example from the later printing. They weren't allows to have Finnish currency on the stamp side, so they 'hid' it on the back. :) The earlier printing had a different font for the '1' on the back. I've got lots of the ones like yours and none of the earlies so far...
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Edited by billsey - 09/25/2021 6:15 pm
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