ESTONIA STAMP CATALOGUE 1918-1941

This catalogue is based on the higly awarded "Eesti/Estonia Philately & Postal History Handbook" written by Vambola Hurt and Elmar Ojaste. The handbook was issued in 1986 by the Estonian Philatelic Society in Sweden (EFÜR) in co-operation with the Estonian Philatelic Society in New York (NY-EFS). The original handbook/catalogue consists of more than 760 pages and covers more or less all aspects on Estonian philately. For practical reasons, this on-line catalogue only covers stamps from 1918 to 1941.
The original handbook was sold out long ago and can today be found only at philatelic auctions and sites such as E-Bay, for instance. The handbook has become a great rarity and if you find a copy, our recommendation is; buy it!

1918: FLOWER DESIGN ISSUE
1919: EESTI POST OVERPRINTS
1919: SEAGULL
1919: NUMERAL DESIGN
1919: VIKING SHIP
1919: SUN DESIGN
1920: AIRMAIL
1920: TALLINN SKYLINE
1920: OVERPRINTS
1920: INVALIDS ISSUE
1920: INVALIDS OVERPRINT
1921-22: RED CROSS ISSUE
1922-28: WEAVER & SMITH
1923: MAP DESIGN
1923: PROVISIONAL AIRMAILS
1923: AITA HÄDALIST
1924: FINAL AIR MAILS
1924: NATIONAL THEATRES
1926: RED CROSS OVERPRINT
1927: VIEWS OF CITIES
1928: NEW CURRENCY OVERPRINT
1928: COAT OF ARMS
1930: KROON SURCHARGES
1931: RED CROSS

1932: UNIVERSITY OF TARTU
1933: KROON VALUES
1933: SONG FESTIVAL
1933: ANTI-TUBERCULOSIS
1936-40: CARITAS
1936: PIRITA
1936-40: PRESIDENT K. PÄTS
1938: ESTONIAN SCOLARS
1939: PÄRNU
1940: CARRIER PIGEON


1918 & 1941: LOCAL ISSUES

Please note:
The errors that occurs in the original Handbook/Catalogue has been corrected with the help of the 1988 Handbook Supplement (by the same authors). With the information available at date, the on-line catalogue is as accurate as it can be. However, if you find any errors or have any new information, then please notify me by e-mail.

Kindest regards
Alar Pastarus, EFÜR webb-master

FOR THE CATALOGUE USER:

Illustration size
The stamps and overprints are not scanned in original size. The varieties are mostly enlarged.
Image scales are not comparable. Illustration colors are not to be relied on.

Numeration
Official postage stamps are numbered chronologically by their date of issue. Stamps of the same issue have been grouped together. Local issues have been numbered individually. Following groupings are used for the varieties:

  A Perforation
  B Color
  C Paper and WM
  D Gum
  E Printing
  F Printing Order Nos, Sheet Nos
  G Essays, proofs

Sheet positions
Sheet position numbers are to be read in horizontal rows, from left to right.

Printing
When not otherwise stated, the postage stamps and postal stationery have been typographed by the Government Printing Works (GPW) in Tallinn.

Protective network
The finely patterned protective network (burelage) is on the face of the stamp, usually underprinted beneath the design. Color information "Blue-brown (light violet)" inoicates that the color of the network is light violet.

Colors
Where shades are indicated, the color difference is clearly apparent even to an untrained eye.

Gum
Until March 1924 (the 3 Mk value of the Weaver design) all Estonian stamps were gummed after the printing. After that date they were printed on pregummed paper.

Perforation
The first figure refers to top and bottom, the second to the left and right sides.
The figures are normally given to the nearest half.

Essay
Not approved drawings or die proofs of designs.

Proofs
Any impression of an officially approved design die, plate or stone, regardless of the color or paper used. Proofs were not to be sold to the public.
Under this heading are included the imperforate stamps, which had been sold perforated in the Post Offices and which had been stored in the GPW. Some of these sheets were sold to dealers in 1943/44 by the German Occupation authorities. A large part of the remainders in the GPW came to the collectors inofficially due to irregular war times.

Cancellations
Cancellations are considered as genuine either they have been used on postal items or have been cancelled to order within the term of validity.
The obliterations can have been applied with genuine cancellers by Postal Authorities or with their permission after the expiration of validity. They are considered as cancellations by favour. Forged cancellations are either total forgeries or applications by unauthorized persons using genuine cancellers.

Prices
Please note that all prices are estimates in USD, based on the average retail market of 1985, when the original catalogue/handbook was written. The prices are considerably higher today.
The prices in the left column (*) are for ligthly hinged unused items and in the right column for used ones. The prices apply for items in average condition. Low-grade items are to be priced much below those indicated. Items in mint condition (**) - especially some definitives - may be sold at a premium price.
The marking " - " indicates that the item does not exist or has not been recorded. In a few cases it may also indicate that the variety exists but there is no price difference.
The marking "- -" indicates that the item exists or may exist, but a pricing is impossible, as no information about the item being offered or traded has been available. It cannot be concluded that such material is of great value. There are no prices for the First Day Cancellations (either on covers or on postage stamps) as the availablilty of such material is very limited.

Covers
The term "cover" includes all kinds of correctly franked, postally used postal matters (letters, postcards, money orders etc.). An overfranking of 10% could be accepted, especially on covers from 1919 and early twenties, as there often was a shortage of stamps of all denominations at post offices.
For pricing covers, three groupings are used:

SI Single franking
MU Multiple franking. The price usually is given for a cover franked with two stamps. Additional stamps should be priced as used copies.
MI Mixed franking either with stamps of the same issue or of other issues. Other stamps should be priced as used copies.

Under each postage stamp information is given about the time when single franking was possible.

ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE CATALOGUE:

 

Air-L
DL
DPC
DPM
EI

F.P.O.
GPO
GPW
Horiz.
Imp.
Imperf.
IL
IPC
IPM
Kop.
Kr.
L
LL
LPC
LPM
Mi
Mk.
MS
N.R.

Air Mail letter
Domestic letter
Domestic postcard
Domestic printed matter
V. Eichenthal, Illustrated Specialized Catalogue of Estonia
Field Post Office
General Postal Organization
Goverment Printing Works
Horizontal, horizontally

Imperforate
International letter
International postcard
International printed matter
Kopeck/Kopek
Kroon, Krooni
Letter
Local letter
Local postcard
Local printed matter
Michel
Mark, Marka
Miniature sheet, souvenir sheet
Not recorded
OPT
P.
PC
Perf.
Pfg.
PM
P.O.
R
RM
Rpf.
Rub.
Rbl.
S.
Sc

SG

T
UPU
V
Vert.
WM
YT
Zu

Overprint
Penn, Penni
Postcard
Perforated, perforation
Pfennig
Printed matter
Post Office
Registred
Reichsmark
Reichspfennig

Rouble
Sent, Senti
Scott. Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue
Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue
Postage Due
Union Postale Universelle
Value Declared
Vertical, vertically
Watermark
Catalogue Yvert et Tellier
Zumstein