NATIONAL THEATRES

The issue consists of three values and was mainly to be used for International Mail. Actually a lot of these stamps were used on Postal Money Orders and Parcel Post Cards.

Design by Karl Triumph (modified by I. Breiberg and Georg Westenberg) shows the theatres Estonia in Tallinn (30 and 70 Mk.) and Vanemuine in Tartu (40 Mk.).

Paper: The Ligat paper was used for the 30 and 70 Mk. values and wove paper for the 40 Mk.

Gum: The Ligat paper has a yellowish and streaky gum whereas the gum of the 40 Mk. is white, smooth and shiny.

Print: Two-color typography. Printers's sheet of the 30 and 70 Mk. consists of 200 stamps, arranged in panes of 50 each, separared by gutters. The 40 Mk. value was printed in sheets of 50. Counter pane was 50 stamps. Gutter pairs are not known. The sheets have an underprinted protective network. Only the 40 Mk. value har marginal figures on the left and top side.

Perforation: 14 x 13 1/2, comb perforation.

Proofs and color trials are known.

Forgeries are not known.

Valid: The sale of the stamps was continued even after the senti-currency had been introduced (1 Mk. = 1 Sent). Valid until December 31, 1940.

91 Ei - 70
Mi - 55
Zu - 58
SG - 57
YT - 81
Sc - 81
 
Day of Issue:
1924-12-09
Perforation:
14 x 13 1/2
Issued:
539.100
SI IR40g 1925-02-01 - 1925-09-30
DL100g, R-DL60g 1925-02-01 - 1939-03-31
R-L Finland 1930-07-01 - 1939-03-31
SI Scarce

30 Mk. Lilac-black (light blue)

7.50 2:-  

SI
MU
MI

    75:-
--
30:-
  Block of four 6x 10x  
A:1   Wide stamp +5:- +5:-  
A:2 Narrow stamp, 32 mm +5:- +5:-  
A:3 Shifted perforation (cutting design) +2:- +2:-  
B:1 Lilac-grey (light blue) +1:- +0.25  
E:1 Broken frame above EESTI +3:- +1:-  
E:2 Right ornament extended upwards +4:- +4:-  
E:3 Setoff of frame +15:- +15:-  
E:4 Damaged letters +2:- +0.50  
G:1 Lilac-black, network blue 30:-    
G:2 Ditto, network light brown 25:-    
G:3 Ditto, yellow 25:-    
G:4 Ditto, rose lilac 25:-    
G:5 Red-black, network brown 25:-    
G:6 Ditto, network light brown 25:-    
G:7 Ditto, yellow 25:-    
G:8 Ditto, rose lilac 25:-    
G:9 Carmine-black, network yellow 25:-    
G:10 Ditto, network rose lilac 25:-    
G:11 Dark green-black, network light brown 25:-    
G:12 Ditto, network rose lilac 25:-    
G:13 Light green-black, network yellow 25:-    
G:14 Blue-black, network brown 25:-    
G:15 Ditto, network yellow 25:-    
G:16 Ditto, rose 25:-    
G:17 Ditto, light blue 25:-    
G:18 Light blue-black, network light blue 25:-    
G:19 Lilac (light blue), w/o black print, with gum 25:-    

103 Ei - 71
Mi - 62
Zu - 65
SG - 58
YT - 82
Sc - 83
 
Day of Issue:
1927-10-25
Perforation:
14 x 13 1/2
Issued:
532.300
SI R-IL 1927-10-25 - 1934-12-31
R-DL100g, R-L80g Finland 1927-10-25 - 1939-03-31
Air-L Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Danzig, Germany, Leningrad, Moscow 1928-07-01 - 1934-04-30
Air-L40g, R-Air-L to Latvia and Lithuania 1928-07-0 - 1939-03-31
SI scarce

40 Mk. Blue-brown (light violet)

5:- 0.90  

SI
MU
MI

    40:-
--
25:-
  Block of four 6x 12x  
A:1   Double perforation at right +8:- +8:-  
E:1 Damaged letters +0.75 +0.50  
E:2 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:3 Broken frame +1:- +0.50  
E:4 Colored streak at roof and circle on wall +1:- +0.50  
E:5 Partly setoff of frame +10:- +10:-   
E:6 W/o protective network +15:- +15:-  
G:1 Blue-brown (light violet), wove paper 25:-    
G:2 Ditto, network yellow brown 25:-    
G:3 Dark blue-brown (yellow brown), thin paper 28:-    
G:4 Blue-black (light violet), thin paper 28:-    
G:5 Blueprint only (light violet), with gum 25:-    

92 Ei - 72
Mi - 56
Zu - 59
SG - 59
YT - 83
Sc - 82
 
Day of Issue:
1924-12-09
Perforation:
14 x 13 1/2
Issued:
218.385
SI R-IL80g 1925-02-01 - 1925-09-30
Air-L to other countries than listed under
40 MK 1928-07-01 - 1934-04-30
SI rare

70 Mk. Pink-black (pink)

10:- 2.50  

SI
MU
MI

    125:-
--
75:-
  Block of four 6x 10x  
A:1   Wide stamp, 34 1/2mm +5:- +5:-  
A:2   Narrow stamp, 32mm +5:- +5:-  
A:3   Vertically narrow stamp, 22 1/2mm +5:- +5:-  
E:1 Damaged letters +1.50 +0.50  
E:2 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:3 Colored spot in ornament at right +3:- +0.50  
E:4 Damaged frame +2:- +0.50  
E:5 Roof mutilated at right +2:- +0.50  
E:6 White spot in ornament at left +2:- +0.50  
E:7 Shifted centrepiece +4:- +2:-  
G:1 Pink-black (pink) 25:-    
G:2 Black, chalky paper 28:-    

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.