AITA HÄDALIST

A charity issue for the benefit of the Estonian Red Cross.
The Red Cross issue of 1921/22 overprinted with "Aita hädalist" = Help the Needy.
The stamps were sold with a premium of 1 or 2 marka.

Printing: The vertical two-line typographed OPT was applied by the GPW. The OPT is black and glossy.
The previosly mentioned ultramarine shade of the 5/7 mk. value can mostly be found in this issue.

Perforation: Of both values 10.080 imperforate and the same number of perforated stamps were overprinted. One sheet of the 5/7 mk. perforated stamps was destroyed before the delivery.
The perforation variety (horizontally imperforate) appears in the same position as in the original Red Cross sheets.

Proofs are not known.

Forgeries: Many different forgeries exist. The prices apply only to expertized items. Detailed descriptions are not within the scope of this catalogue.

Valid: Both values were completely sold out. They were valid until February 29, 1928.

Literature:
Dr. A. Schröder: Aita hädalist markide pealetrüki võltsingutest (The Forgeries of the "Aita hädalist" OPT's), (in Estonian), Eesti Filatelist No. 7, 1961. (Originally Mitteilungsblatt des Landesverbandes Nordrhein Westfalen No. 27/28, 1948 (in German).
Peeter Juurik: "Aita hädalist" võltsitud uletrükid, (The forged OPT's of "Aita hädalist"), Eesti Filatelist No. 8, 1962 (in Estonian).
Peter G. Gleason: A review of Estonian Forgeries, Eesti Filatelist No. 16/17, 1975 (in English).

77 Ei - 42
Mi - 46B
Zu - 49A
SG - 49A
YT - 67
Sc - B11
 
Day of Issue:
1923-10-08
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
10.080
SI All covers rare
 2 1/2-3 1/2 Mk. Orange/brown/red 25:- 35:-  
SI
MU
MI
    300:-
--
250:-
  Block of four 6x 6x  
B:1 Orange/olive-green/red +10:- +10:-  
E:1 Damaged (is)t +8:- +8:-  
E:2 Blunt (is)t +8:- +8:-  
E:3 Damaged (Ai)ta +8:- +8:-  

 

79 Ei - 43
Mi - 46A
Zu - 49B
SG - 49B
YT - 67
Sc - B9
 
Day of Issue:
1923-10-08
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
9.240
SI All covers rare
79 2 1/2-3 1/2 Mk. Orange/brown/red 35:- 45:-  
SI
MU
MI
    300:-
--
250:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
A:1 Displaced perforation (cutting design) +2:- +2:-  
B:1 Orange/olive-green/red +10:- +10:-  
E:1 Damaged (is)t +8:- +8:-  
E:2 Blunt (is)t +8:- +8:-  
E:4 Setoff of OPT +10:- +10:-  
79I 2 1/2-3 1/2 Mk. Horizontally imperforate.
Issued: 840
125:- 175:-  
  Block of four 5x 5x  
B:1 Orange/olive-green/red +10:- +10:-  

 

78 Ei - 45
Mi - 47B
Zu - 50A
SG - 50A
YT - 68
Sc - B10
 
Day of Issue:
1923-10-08
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
10.080
SI All covers rare
 5-7 Mk. Blue/brown/red 30:- 40:-  
SI
MU
MI
    300:-
--
250:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
B:1 Blue/olive-green/red +10:- +10:-  
B:2 Ultramarine/brown/red +8:- +8:-  
E:1 Damaged (is)t +8:- +8:-  
E:2 Blunt (is)t +8:- +8:-  
E:3 OPT shifted to bottom +30:- +30:-  

80 Ei - 46
Mi - 47A
Zu - 50B
SG - 50B
YT - 68
Sc - B12
 
Day of Issue:
1923-10-08
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
9.130
SI All covers rare
80 5-7 Mk. Blue/brown/red 40:- 50:-  
SI
MU
MI
    300:-
--
250:-
  Block of four 6x 6x  
B:1 Blue/olive-green/red +10:- +10:-  
B:2 Ultramarine/brown/red +4:- +4:-  
E:1 Damaged (is)t +8:- +8:-  
E:2 Blunt (is)t +8:- +8:-  
E:4 Setoff of OPT +10:- +10:-  
E:6 Double OPT +20:- +20:-  
80I 5-7 Mk. Horizontally imperforate.
Issued: 830
130:- 130:-  
  Block of four 6x 6x  
B:1 Blue/olive-green/red +10:- +10:-  
B:2 Ultramarine/brown/red +4:- +4:-  

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.