PROVISIONAL ESTONIAN CANCELLATIONS
By Alar Pastarus
lack of cancellers in Estonia was one of the more prominent problems
when the Estonian General Post Organisation commenced its activities
in November 1918. No general instructions were issued by the General
Post Organisation and the re-opened Post Offices had to use all available
means and "make-dos". The old Russian cancellers were to be sent to
the General Post Organisation for re-engraving and only to some of
the Post Offices centrally made rubber stamps were provided. The result
was as expected and in the years 1918 - 1920 the number of "make-dos"
All known provisional cancellations can be grouped as follows:
The provisional cancellations can be found mostly on postage stamps of the Flower Design issue. Other issues may have additional value. Provisional cancellations also were performed after 1920 when new Post Offices were opened and regular stamps were not yet available. Both auxiliary postal markings and hand-written cancellations are known.
Forgeries are known. Some bogus cancellations have been reported. Provisional cancellations are not to be mistaken as overprints.
The "Estonia Philately & Postal History Handbook" by Vambola Hurt and Elmar Ojaste (in English and German) gives additional information about the provisional Estonian cancellations.