The Post Office in Tartu was re-opened on July 26, 1941. In the beginning all mail was to be handed over personally and the postage was paid in cash. A special canceller "POSTIMAKS TASUTUD" was used. As the volume of mail was rapidly increasing it was decided for practical reasons and with the approval of the German authorities to issue a set of stamps. Originally the issue was sold over the counter in Tartu only but within a very short time the stamps were made available in other Post Offices. Eventually the stamps were available throughout the country.
Design by Viktor Krass. A numerical design together with the Coat of Arms of Estonia and the swastika.
Paper: For the first printing a thick, greyish chalksurfaced paper was used. The second printing was done on wove paper. Only seldom a vertical watermark can be found.
Gum: The first printing has a yellowish, thick and uneven gum. For the second printing a white slightly shiny gum was used.
Print: Typographed by the "Ilutrükk" in Tartu. Printing sheet = counterpane of 100 stamps.
Line perforation 11 1/4. Perforation errors are known. On the orders
of the German official directly responsible for the printing, Mr.
KöhIer, 3.500 sets of the second printing were issued imperforate.
500 sets were sold over the counter in Tartu, the rest was handed
over to Mr. Köhler. In the beginning one set per person was sold
over the counter, later only single stamps. No larger pieces were
sold. The very limited number of pairs and blocks of four in existence
must originate from Mr. KöhIer's stock. It is probable that most
of the remainders have disappeared.
Proofs are known.
Forgeries are not known.
Valid until April 30, 1942. In the beginning of December
1941 the Deutsche Dienstpost Ostland took over all postal activities
and all Estonian stamps were recalled. At the same time the German
Postal Tariffs were introduced - Postcard 6 Pf. = 60 kop. and letter
12 Pf. = 120 kop.
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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.