AIR MAILS, FINAL ISSUE

Definitive Air Mail Stamps were issued for the re-opening of the Tallinn-Helsinki line on February 12, 1924, to cover the necessary supplementary air mail fee.

Design by Karl Triumph. The 5 and 10 Mk. values show the Sablatnig P III machine (with landing wheels and snow runners), the 15 - 45 Mk. show various Junkers F.13 machines (with floats, landing wheels and snow runners).

Paper: The imperforate stamps and the first printing of the perforated stamps were printed on ligat (first) paper. The late printings were made on wove (last) paper with an easily visible horizontal mesh.

Gum: On the ligat paper the gum is white and shiny. It is liable to be rough with small air-bubbles. The late printings have a pure white, smooth, shiny gum that is completely free from air bubbles.

Print: Typographed by the GPW. Printing sheets (= counter sheets) of 50 stamps each.
The sheets have a faint underprint in the color of the stamp. Above and below the blocks there are marginal lines in the two colors. Only a few sheets of the first perforated stamps have the marginal lines, they are completely absent on the wove paper.
There are two printings of the 45 Mk. value of the imperforate stamp (the second one in a duller and more reddish shade) and of the perforated stamps on the last paper.
Color shades do exist but are unimportant.

Imperforate  Perforated
    LIGAT WOVE
I II   I II
1924-02-12 1924-07-11   1927-12-07 1928-03-09
5Mk    52.448   54.100 28.700 104.400
10 Mk    52.298   54.000 27.600 104.000
15 Mk    52.340   53.450 28.950 103.500
20 Mk    51.268   53.200 27.500 103.850
45 Mk    11.850 23.950 30.000 28.300 100.000
           

Flown covers with stamps on wove paper are rare.

Perforation: Imperforate or comb perforation 13 1/2.

Proofs exists.

Forgeries are known.

Valid until April 15, 1928. Thereafter the airmail supplementary fee was to be covered by regular stamps.

Literature:
P. Juurik: Eesti lennupostimargid (Estonian Air Mail Stamps). Eesti Filatelist No 10, 1965 (in Estonian).

83 Ei - 85
Mi - 48B
Zu - 51A
SG - 51A
YT - 7
Sc - C9
 
Day of Issue:
1924-02-12
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
52.448
SI Air-DPC, not recorded
 5 MK. Yellow-black, Ligat paper 1.75 2.50  
SI
MU
MI
Air Mail stamps always together with regular stamps
    --
100:-
75:-
  Block of four 5x 5x  
E:1 (PO)S and T joined. Pos. 7 +1.50 +1.50  
E:2 Left wing broken. Pos. 13 +1.50 +1.50  
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, frame only 50:-    
G:3 Yellow print only, w/o gum 50:-    
G:4 Yellow-black, wove paper, w/o gum 50:-    

 

84 Ei - 86
Mi - 49B
Zu - 52A
SG - 52A
YT - 8
Sc - C10
 
Day of Issue:
1924-02-12
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
52.298
SI Air-DL, not recorded
 10 Mk. Blue-black, Ligat paper 1.75 2.50  
SI
MU
MI
Air Mail stamps always together with regular stamps
    --
75:-
60:-
  Block of four 5x 5x  
E:1 White spot in left frame. Pos. 4 +1.50 +1.50  
E:2 Frame interrupted above U and P. Pos. 25 +1.50 +1.50  
E:3 Partly setoff +10:- +10:-  
G:1 Light blue-black, wove paper, w/o gum 30:-    
G:2 Blue print only, w/o gum 30:-    
G:3 Black, yellowish paper 30:-    

 

85 Ei - 87
Mi - 50B
Zu - 53A
SG - 53A
YT - 9
Sc - C11
 
Day of Issue:
1924-02-12
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
52.340
SI Air-IPC 1924-02-12 - 1928-04-15
Flown covers with correct postage scarce
 15 Mk. Red-black, Ligat paper 1.75 2.50  
SI
MU
MI
Air Mail stamps always together with regular stamps
    80:-
100:-
75:-
  Block of four 5x 5x  
E:1 Damaged E(E). Pos. 21 +1.50 +1.50  
E:2 Damaged frame. Pos. 20 +1.50 +1.50  
E:3 Line and 5 dots above left wing. Pos. 21, 22, 31 and 32 +1:- +1:-  
G:2 Red print only, w/o gum 30:-    
G:3 Red-black, w/o gum, wove paper 30:-    

 

86 Ei - 88
Mi - 51B
Zu - 54A
SG - 54A
YT - 10
Sc - C12
 
Day of Issue:
1924-02-12
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
51.268
SI Air-IL 1924-02-12 - 1928-04-15
Flown covers with correct postage scarce
 20 Mk. Green-black, Ligat paper 1.75 2:-  
SI
MU
MI
Air Mail stamps always together with regular stamps
    75:-
--
80:-
  Block of four 5x 5x  
E:1 Broken (O)S. Pos. 40 +1.50 +1.50  
E:2 Interrupted frame above (O)S. Pos. 24 +1.50 +1.50  
G:2 Green print only, w/o gum 30:-    
G:3 Green-black, wove paper, w/o gum 30:-    

 

87 Ei - 89
Mi - 52B
Zu - 55A
SG - 55A
YT - 11
Sc - C13
 
Day of Issue:
1924-02-12
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
35.800
SI Air-IPM 1924-02-12 - 1928-04-15
Flown covers with correct postage rare
 45 Mk. Dull violet-black, Ligat paper 1.75 4:-  
SI
MU
MI
Air Mail stamps always together with regular stamps
    100:-
--
--
  Block of four 6x 6x  
E:1 Setoff of centrepiece +10:- +10:-  
E:2 Damaged (E)E. Pos. 3 +1.50 +1.50  
E:3 Upper 4(5) broken. Pos. 1 +1.50 +1.50  
E:4 Left outer frame broken. Pos. 41 +1.50 +1.50  
G:1 Dull violet-black, wove paper, w/o gum, setoff of centre-piece 35:-    
G:2 Violet print only, w/o gum 30:-    
G:3 Violet-black, wove paper, w/o gum 30:-    

 

96 Ei - 90
Mi - 48A
Zu - 51B
SG - 51B
YT - 7
Sc - C14
 
Day of Issue:
1925-07-15
Perforation:
13 1/2
Issued:
96 54.100
96I 133.100
SI Air-DPC, not recorded
96 5 Mk. Yellow-black, Ligat paper 1.20 2:-  

SI
MU
MI
Air Mail stamps always together with regular stamps

    --
75:-
60:-
  Block of four 6x 6x  
B:1 Pair: perforated left only together with imperforate stamp +140:- --  
B:2 Shifted perforation (cutting design) +15:- +15:-  
B:3 Narrow stamp, 42 mm instead of 44 mm +5:- +5:-  
E:1 (PO)S and T joined. Pos. 7 +1.50 +1.50  
E:2 Left wing broken. Pos. 13 +1.50 +1.50  
E:3 Right wing broken +1.50 +1.50  
E:4 Setoff of centrepiece +10:- +10:-  
96I Yellow-black, wove paper 0.60 --  
Not recorded      
  Block of four 5x --  
E:1 (PO)S and T joined. Pos. 7 +1:- +1:-  
E:2 Frame interrupted above U and P. Pos. 25 +1:- +1:-  
E:3 Blue dot in right (1)0. Pos. 20 +4:- +4:-  

 

97 Ei - 91
Mi - 49A
Zu - 52B
SG - 52B
YT - 8
Sc - C15
 
Day of Issue:
1925-07-15
Perforation:
13 1/2
Issued:
97 54.000
97I 131.600
SI Air-DL, not recorded
97 10 Mk. Blue-black, Ligat paper 1.20 2:-  

SI
MU
MI
Air Mail stamps always together with regular stamps

    --
60:-
60:-
  Block of four 6x 6x  
E:1 White spot in left frame. Pos. 4 +1.50 +1.50  
E:2 Frame interrupted above U and P. Pos. 25 +1.50 +1.50  
E:4 Blue dot in right (1)0. Pos. 20 +1.50 +1.50  
97I Blue-black, wove paper 0.60 --  
Not recorded      
  Block of four 5x  --  
E:1 White spot in left frame. Pos. 4 +1:-    
E:2 Frame interrupted above U and P. Pos. 25 +1:-    
E:4 Blue dot in right (1)0. Pos. 20 +1:-    
E:5 Strongly shifted centrepiece +6:-    

98 Ei - 92
Mi - 50A
Zu - 53B
SG - 53B
YT - 9
Sc - C16
 
Day of Issue:
1925-07-15
Perforation:
13 1/2
Issued:
98 53.450
98I 132.450
SI Air-IPC 1925-07-15 - 1928-04-15
Flown covers with correct postage scarce
98 15 Mk. Red-black, Ligat paper 1.20 3:-  

SI
MU
MI
Air Mail stamps always together with regular stamps

    70:-
90:-
60:-
  Block of four 6x 6x  
E:1 Damaged E(E). Pos. 21 +1.50 +1.50  
E:2 Damaged frame. Pos. 20 +1.50 +1.50  
E:3 Line and 5 dots above left wing. Pos. 21, 22, 31 and 32 +1:- +1:-  
98I Red-black, wove paper 0.60 --  
Not recorded      
  Block of four 5x  --  
B:1 Double perforation +10:-    
E:1 Damaged E(E). Pos. 21 +1:-    
E:2 Damaged frame. Pos. 20 +1:-    
E:3 Line and 5 dots above left wing. Pos. 21, 22, 31 and 32 +0.75    
E:4 Damaged (E)E. Pos. 15 +1:-    
E:5 Shifted centrepiece +2:-    

99 Ei - 93
Mi - 51A
Zu - 54B
SG - 54B
YT - 10
Sc - C17
 
Day of Issue:
1925-07-15
Perforation:
13 1/2
Issued:
99 53.200
99I 131.350
SI Air-IL 1925-07-15 - 1928-04-15
Flown covers with correct postage scarce
99 20 Mk. Green-black, Ligat paper 1.20 3.50  

SI
MU
MI
Air Mail stamps always together with regular stamps

    60:-
--
70:-
  Block of four 6x 6x  
E:1 Broken (O)S. Pos. 40 +1.50 +1.50  
E:2 Interrupted frame above OS. Pos. 24 +1.50 +1.50  
99I Green-black, wove paper 0.50 --  
Not recorded      
  Block of four 5x  --  
E:1 Broken (O)S. Pos. 40 +1:-    
E:2 Interrupted frame above OS. Pos. 24 +1:-    
E:3 Mutilated (EES)T. Pos. 6 +1:-    

100 Ei - 94
Mi - 52A
Zu - 55B
SG - 55B
YT - 11
Sc - C18
 
Day of Issue:
1925-05-03
Perforation:
13 1/2
Issued:
100 30.000
100I 128.300
SI Air-IPM 1925-05-03 - 1928-04-15
Flown covers with correct postage rare
100 45 Mk. Violet-black, Ligat paper 1.20 3:-  

SI
MU
MI
Air Mail stamps always together with regular stamps

    90:-
--
--
  Block of four 6x 6x  
E:2 Damaged (E)E. Pos. 3 +1.50 +1.50  
E:3 Upper 4(5) broken. Pos. 1 +1.50 +1.50  
100I Dull violet-black, wove paper 0.50 --  
Not recorded      
  Block of four 5x  --  
E:1 Setoff of centrepiece +30:-    
E:2 Damaged (E)E. Pos. 3 +1:-    
E:3 Upper 4(5) broken. Pos. 1 +1:-    

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.