Centenary of the Estonian National Bookplate

Date of Issue : November 11, 2000
Designers : Lembit Lõhmus
Denomination : 6 kr and 6 kr
Size of Souvenier Sheet : 24 80 x 58 mm
Perforation : 13¾:14
Printing Process : Offset
Printing House : AS Vaba Maa
Quantity Issued : 199 635
Order Number : 207-10-2000
First Day Cover Number : 2000-17
Eesti Post : Birth centenary of the Estonian bookplate

In 1900 Kristjan Raud, an illustrator of the Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg, made a bookplate for his brother Paul Raud, a painter, thus creating the first bookplate by an Estonian artist in Estonia.
As a result, the Estonian national bookplate marks its centenary this year. The number of bookplates made by Estonian professional and amateur artists before World War II reached about a thousand, but by today, the figure is close to 40,000.
Bookplates, ex libris, have been pictured in postage stamps also before, for example in 1935 in Spain, in 1945 in Brazil and in 1970 in the Soviet Union.

More Information:

  • Estonian Bookplate 1900 - 2000 - Lembit Lõhmus

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