CARITAS

An annual charity issue from 1936 to 1940, with a surcharge to benefit the "Ühisabi" (Collective Aid Fund).

Design: 1936 and 1937 by Axel Roosman (Rosmann).
1938 by Michail Sidorov
1939 and 1940 by Günther Reindorff.
The stamps show the Coat of Arms of various cities and counties.

Paper: All issues on a pure white wove paper.

Gum: white and smooth.

Print: The sizes of printing sheets are not known. We presume that the 1936 issue was printed in sheets of 100 and all other issues in sheets of 50.
In 1938 and 1939 a souvenir sheet was printed including all four stamps of the corresponding year.
All stamps have an underprinted protective network. The 1937, 1939 and 1940 issues have Printing Order numbers and the 1938 issue sheet numbers. Color bars appear with some of the issues. The remainders foT the years 1936 - 1939 were destroyed by the "Ühisabi". Only the stamps sold over the counter are accounted for individually. The number of stamps destroyed in 1939 is not known, therefore the number printed is given. The 1940 figures are as follows:

    Printed:
10+10   50.000
15+15   40.000
25+25   40.000
50+50   40.000

The remainders were at the main Post Office in Tallinn February 21,1941 and were not destroyed. During the German Occupation the remainders were marketed by an unkown source, wholly or partially. Genuinely cancelled items, especially on cover, are uncommon.

Perforation: 13 1/2 x 14.

Proofs: Essays and proofs are known.

Valid: All issues were sold over the counter during 9 months and were valid one year from the date of issue.

Literature:
Elmar Ojaste: "Ühisabi" (Gemeinschaftshilfe) Essays der Markensatze 1936-1940, Eesti Filatelist No 30, 1984, (in German and Estonian).

CHARITY STAMPS NOT FOR FRANKING

Caritas Charity Stamps in large size and in blocks of four. Slightly changed design and different color. W/o network and gum. Line perforation 11 1/2. Not valid for franking.

The 1936 Issue. All values in the same sheet. Yellowish white paper. Size of stamps 43 x 55 mm. WM wavy lines.
The 1937 Issue Each value in block of four. White paper. Size of stamps 43 x 55 mm.
The 1938 Issue. All values in the same sheet. White paper. Size of stamps 40 x 50 mm.
The 1939 Issue. All values in the same sheet. White paper. Size of stamps 43 x 55 mm. In some of the sheets the stamps have an oblique black OPT "Reklaam" on the back.
The 1940 Issue. All values in the same sheet. White paper. Size of stamps 43 x 55 mm.
Prices: Block of four 25 USD. Single stamp 5 USD (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).

151 Ei - 144
Mi - 109
Zu - 112
SG - 108
YT - 132
Sc - B28
 
Day of Issue:
1936-02-01
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
49.791
SI DL, PC-Finland 1936-02-01 - 1937-01-31
PC-Sweden 1937-01-27 - 1937-01-31
10 + 10 S. Green-blue (bluish grey) 4:- 5:-  
SI
MU
MI
    50:-
60:-
40:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
E:1 White spot above the fishes +2:- +2:-  
E:2 Green spot in design +1:- +1:-  
E:3 Blue spot below (E)E +1:- +1:-  
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    

 

152 Ei - 145
Mi - 110
Zu - 113
SG - 109
YT - 133
Sc - B29
 
Day of Issue:
1936-02-01
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
26.757
SI DL40g, R-DPC, L-Finland, Air-PC-Finland 1936-02-02 - 1937-01-31
Air-PC-Sweden 1937-01-27 - 1937-01-31
15 + 15 S. Carmine-blue (grey) 4:- 5:-  
SI
MU
MI
    50:-
60:-
40:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
E:1 Mutilated frame above (S)TI +2:- +2:-  
E:2 Red spot in Coat of Arms +1:- +1:-  
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    

 

153 Ei - 146
Mi - 111
Zu - 114
SG - 110
YT - 134
Sc - B30
 
Day of Issue:
1936-02-01
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
24.441
SI IL 1936-02-01-1937-01-31
25 + 25 S. Blue-red (brown) 6.50 8:-  
SI
MU
MI
    75:-
80:-
50:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
E:1 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:2 Stop missing after (6)A +1:- +1:-  
E:3 Value tablet open in front of left 2(5) +3:- +3:-  
E:4 Damaged P(O) and frame +1:- +1:-  
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    

 

154 Ei - 147
Mi - 112
Zu - 115
SG - 111
YT - 135
Sc - B31
 
Day of Issue:
1936-02-01
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
19.424
SI R-IL 1936-02-01 - 1937-01-31
50 + 50 S. Brownish yellow-black (grey) 4:- 5:-  
SI
MU
MI
    75:-
--
50:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
E:1 Stop missing after (6)A +1:- +1:-  
E:2 Broken line above (P)OS +1:- +1:-  
E:3 Broken line above ST(I) +1:- +1:-  
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    

 

168 Ei - 148
Mi - 127
Zu - 130
SG - 132
YT - 150
Sc - B32
 
Day of Issue:
1937-01-02
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
43.343
SI DL, PC-Finland 1937-01-02 - 1938-01-01
PC-Sweden 1937-01-27 - 1938-01-01
10 + 10 S. Green (blue grey) 4:- 5:-  
SI
MU
MI
    35:-
35:-
25:-
  Block of four 4x 6x  
E:1 Multilated ribbon below C(A). Pos. 28 +1.50 +1.50  
E:2 Colored dot in design +0.75 +0.75  
F:1 Printing Order No. Tell. 689 - 18.XI 1936 - 80.000 +14:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Green (blue grey) 30:-    
G:4 Ditto, horizontally ribbed paper 33:-    

 

169 Ei - 149
Mi - 128
Zu - 131
SG - 133
YT - 151
Sc - B33
 
Day of Issue:
1937-01-02
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
35.179
SI DL40g, R-DPC, L-Finland, Air-PC-Finland 1937-01-02 - 1938-01-01
L-Sweden, Air-PC-Sweden 1937-01-27 - 1938-01-0
15 + 15 S. Brownish red (blue grey) 4:- 5:-  
SI
MU
MI
    35:-
40:-
25:-
  Block of four 4x 6x  
E:1 Colored dot in design +0.75 +0.75  
F:1 Printing Order No. Tell. 690 - 18.XI 1936 50.000 +14:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Brownish red (blue grey) 30:-    

 

170 Ei - 150
Mi - 129
Zu - 132
SG - 134
YT - 152
Sc - B34
 
Day of Issue:
1937-01-02
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
33.626
SI IL 1937-01-02 - 1938-01 -01
25 + 25 S. Blue (pale lilac) 6:- 7.50  
SI
MU
MI
    50:-
60:-
40:-
  Block of four 4x 6x  
E:1 Colored dot in design +0.75 +0.75  
F:1 Printing Order No. Tell. 691 - 18.XI 1936 - 50.000 +14:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Blue (pale lilac) 30:-    

 

171 Ei - 151
Mi - 130
Zu - 133
SG - 135
YT - 153
Sc - B35
 
Day of Issue:
1937-01-02
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
30.293
SI R-IL 1937-01-02 - 1938-01 -01
50 + 50 S. Lilac (blue grey) 12:- 15:-  
SI
MU
MI
    50:-
--
40:-
  Block of four 4x 6x  
E:1 Dot in left value tablet above (5)0 +1:- +1:-  
E:2 Mutilated right value tablet above 5(0) +2:- +2:-  
E:3 Right 5 with thick neck. Pos. 41 +1:- +1:-  
F:1 Printing Order No. -Tell. 692 - 18.XI 1936 - 50.000 +14:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Lilac (blue grey) 30:-    

 

173 Ei - 152
Mi - 131
Zu - 134
SG - 136
YT - 154
Sc - B36
 
Day of Issue:
1938-01-21
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
30.908
SI DL, PC-Finland, Sweden 1938-01-21 - 1939-01-20
10 + 10 S. Brown (grey green) 3:- 4:-  
SI
MU
MI
    35:-
35:-
25:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
B:1 Dark brown +0.50 +0.50  
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Brown (grey green) 30:-    
G:3 Dark brown (grey green) 30:-    

 

174 Ei - 153
Mi - 132
Zu - 135
SG - 137
YT - 155
Sc - B37
 
Day of Issue:
1938-01-21
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
23.000
SI DL40g, R-DPC, L-Finland, Sweden, Air-PC-Finland,
Sweden 1938-01-21 - 1939-01-20
15 + 15 S. Carmine-dark green (grey green) 3:- 4:-  
SI
MU
MI
    35:-
40:-
25:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
B:1 Carmine-green (grey green) +0.50 +0.50  
E:1 Changed row number on margin 6(00) on 5(00) 4:- 4:-  
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Carmine-green (grey green) 30:-    

 

175 Ei - 154
Mi - 133
Zu - 136
SG - 138
YT - 156
Sc - B38
 
Day of Issue:
1938-01-21
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
22.837
SI IL, Air-L-Finland 1938-01-21 - 1939-01-20
Air-L-Sweden 1938-06-16 - 1939-01-20
25 + 25 S. Blue-carmine (grey green) 5:- 7:-  
SI
MU
MI
    50:-
50:-
40:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
B:1 Dark blue-carmine (grey green) +0.50 +0.50  
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Dark blue-carmine (grey green) 30:-    

 

176 Ei - 155
Mi - 134
Zu - 137
SG - 139
YT - 157
Sc - B39
 
Day of Issue:
1938-01-21
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
19.844
SI R-IL 1938-01-21 - 1939-01-20
50 + 50 S. Blue-golden yellow (grey green) 10:- 15:-  
SI
MU
MI
    50:-
50:-
40:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
B:1 Blue-light golden yellow (grey green) +0.50 +0.50  
E:1 One yellow dot missing at left +1:- +1:-  
E:2 White dot under right 50. Pos. 5 +1:- +1:-  
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Blue-golden yellow (grey green) 30:-    

 

177 Ei - 156
Mi - Bl.1
Zu - 138
SG - MS1
YT - Bl.1
Sc - B39a
 
Day of Issue:
1938-01-21
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
40.000
SI R-IL- spec.delivery, Air-1-5g to China, India, Japan and other Asian countries 1938-01-21 - 1939-01-20
Souvenir Sheet, imprint brown,
10 + 10, 15 + 15, 25 + 25, 50 + 50, S., 105 x 150mm
28:- 40:-  
      75:-
  Se-tenant pairs:
10 + 15 horizontal
25 + 50 horizontal
10 + 25 vertical
15 + 50 vertical

8:-
18:-
10:-
15:-

10:-
25:-
13:-
20:-
 
A:1 Partly double perforation +25:- +25:-  
A:2 Additional perforation in size of a stamp +15:- +15:-  
E:1 Network in corners with one line only +3:- +3:-  
E:2 Ditto, with red spot in right upper corner +4:- +4:-  
E:3 Brown dot at right +4:- +4:-  
G:1 Imperforate proof with sheet number 40:-    

 

186 Ei - 157
Mi - 142
Zu - 147
SG - 144
YT - 163
Sc - B41
 
Day of Issue:
1939-01-10
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
48.000
SI DL, PC-Finland, Sweden 1939-01-10 - 1940-01-09
10 + 10 S. Dark green (grey green) 4:- 5:-  
SI
MU
MI
    40:-
40:-
30:-
  Block of four 6x 8x  
B:1 Green (grey green) +0.50 +0.50  
F:1 Printing Order No. T.743 - 5. XI 1938 - 48.000 +14:- +14:-  
F:2 Sheet No +10:- +10:-  
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Grey (green) 30:-    

 

187 Ei - 158
Mi - 143
Zu - 148
SG - 145
YT - 164
Sc - B42
 
Day of Issue:
1939-01-10
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
35.000
SI DL40g, R-DPC, L-Finland, Sweden 1939-01-10 - 1940-01-09
Air-PC-Finland, Sweden 1939-01-10 - 1939-03-3
15 + 15 S. Carmine (grey green) 4:- 5:-  
SI
MU
MI
    40:-
50:-
30:-
  Block of four 6x 6x  
B:1 Carmine rose (grey green) +0.50 +0.50  
B:2 Brownish carmine (grey green) +0.50 +0.50  
E:1 White spot in Coat of Arms +1:- +1:-  
F:1 Printing Order No. T. 744 - 5. XI 1938 - 35.000 +14:-    
F:2 Sheet No +10:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Carmine (grey green) 30:-    

 

188 Ei - 159
Mi - 144
Zu - 149
SG - 146
YT - 165
Sc - B43
 
Day of Issue:
1939-01-10
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
32.000
SI IL, Air-L-Finland, Sweden1939-01-10 - 1939-03-31
25 + 25 S. Blue (grey green) 6:- 8:-  
SI
MU
MI
    60:-
60:-
50:-
  Block of four 6x 6x  
E:1 Colored spot in Coat of Arms +1:- +1:-  
F:1 Printing Order No. T. 745,- 5. XI 1938 - 32.000 +14:-    
F:2 Sheet No +10:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Blue (grey green) 30:-    

 

189 Ei - 160
Mi - 145
Zu - 150
SG - 147
YT - 166
Sc - B44
 
Day of Issue:
1939-01-10
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
32.000
SI R-IL 1939-01-10 - 1940-01-09
50 + 50 S. Brown (grey green) 12:- 16:-  
SI
MU
MI
    60:-
--
50:-
  Block of four 6x 6x  
B:1 Reddish brown (grey green) +0.50 +0.50  
F:1 Printing Order No. T. 746 - 5.XI 1938 -32.000 +14:-    
F:2 Sheet No +10:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Brown (grey green) 30:-    

 

190 Ei - 160A
Mi - Bl.3
Zu - 151
SG - MS
YT - Bl.3
Sc - B44a
 
Day of Issue:
1939-01-10
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
32.000
SI R-IL spec.delivery, Air-1-5g to China, India, Japan and other Asian countries 1939-01-10 - 1940-01-09
Souvenir Sheet, imprint dark lilac-brown
10 + 10, 15 + 15, 25 + 25, 50 + 50 S. 90 x 138mm
30:- 45:-  
      80:--
  Se-tenant pairs:
10 + 15 horizontal
25 + 50 horizontal
10 + 25 vertical
15 + 50 vertical

10:-
20:-
14:-
16:-

13:-
25:-
17:-
20:-
 
E:1 Network in corners with one line only +2:- +2:-  
E:2 Colored spot in Coat of Arms +1:- +1:-  

 

198 Ei - 161
Mi - 152
Zu - 163
SG - 152
YT - 171
Sc - B46
 
Day of Issue:
1940-01-02
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
50.000
SI DL 1940-01-02 - 1940-02-29
PC-Finland, Sweden 1940-01-02 - 1940-12-06
10 + 10 S. Dark green-ultramarine (grey) 2.50 5:-  
SI
MU
MI
    45:-
45:-
35:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
E:1 White dot between large 1 and 0. Pos. 10 +1:- +1:-  
E:2 (A)S joined with frame. Pos. 33 +1:- +1:-  
F:1 Printing Order No. T. 653 - 15. IX 1939 - 50.000 +14:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Dark green-ultramarine (grey) 30:-    

 

199 Ei - 162
Mi - 153
Zu - 164
SG - 153
YT - 172
Sc - B47
 
Day of Issue:
1940-01-02
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
40.000
SI DL40g, R-DPC 1940-01-02 - 1940-02-29
L-Finland, Sweden 1940-01-02 - 1940-12-06
DL 1940-03-01 - 1940-12-06
15 + 15 S. Carmine red-ultramarine (grey) 2.50 5:-  
SI
MU
MI
    45:-
50:-
35:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
E:1 Short line in ornament at right. Pos.2 +1:- +1:-  
E:2 Mutilated large 1(0). Pos. 16 +1:- +1:-  
E:3 White dot. Pos. 7 +1:- +1:-  
E:4 Colored dot +0.75 +0.75  
F:1 Printing Order No. T. 654 - 15. IX 1939 - 40.000 +14:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Carmine red-ultramarine (grey) 30:-    

 

200 Ei - 163
Mi - 154
Zu - 165
SG - 154
YT - 173
Sc - B48
 
Day of Issue:
1940-01-02
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
40.000
SI L60g-Finland, Sweden, R-PC-Finland, Sweden
1940-01-02 - 1940-12-06
DL40g, L-40g-Finland, Sweden 1940-03-01 - 1940-12-06
25 + 25 S. Dark blue-red (grey) 4:- 8:-  
SI
MU
MI
    45:-
50:-
35:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
E:1 Blue dot in large 5. Pos. 12 +1:- +1:-  
E:2 Damaged frame. Pos. 31 +1:- +1:-  
E:3 Blue dot +0.75 +0.75  
E:4 Red dot +0.75 +0.75  
F:1 Printing Order No. T. 655 - 15. IX 1939 - 40.000 +14:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Dark blue-red 30:-    

 

201 Ei - 164
Mi - 155
Zu - 166
SG - 155
YT - 174
Sc - B49
 
Day of Issue:
1940-01-02
Perforation:
13 1/2 x 14
Issued:
40.000
SI R-IL 1940-01-02 - 1940-12-06
50 + 50 S. Ochre-ultramarine (grey) 5:- 10:-  
SI
MU
MI
    70:-
--
50:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
E:1 White dot in Coat of Arms. Pos. 5 +1:- +1:-  
E:2 Brown dot in ornament (at left). Pos. 20 +1:- +1:-  
E:3 Colored dot in design +0.75 +0.75  
F:1 Printing Order No. T. 656 - 15. IX 1939 - 50.000 +14:-    
G:1 Essay 50:-    
G:2 Essay, final design 50:-    
G:3 Ochre-ultramarine (grey) 30:-    

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.