NEWS & MESSAGES

July 17, 2011
The number of members in the Efur society has increased again. We welcome Mr. James O. Belcher (USA) as a new member.

August 4, 2010

Heinrich Koehler are offering a fantastic collection of ELVA and OTEPÄÄH in their next sale.
Here are two links so can you have a look at this collection. The collection will be offered mostly as single lots in a separate catalog.
https://www.heinrich-koehler.de/d-b-z/ot/index.html
https://www.heinrich-koehler.de/d-b-z/el/index.html
Most of the lots are signed or with certificate of Nemvalz, Vaher and many new certificates of Thomas Löbbering.

July 13, 2010
The number of members in the Efur society has increased again. We welcome Mr. Arthur Gübeli (Switzerland) as a new member.

May 6, 2010
The number of members in the Efur society has increased again. We welcome Mr. Romet Kreek (Estonia) and Mr. Steen Hegaard Olsen (Denmark) as new members.

 July 29, 2009
The number of members in the Efur society has increased again. We welcome Mrs. Julie Yates (United Kingdom) as a new member.

 July 24, 2009
The number of members in the Efur society has increased again. We welcome Mr. Jüri Lebedev (Estonia) as a new member.

July 22, 2009
Local issues was added to the on-line catalogue and thereby the work with the catalogue is completed.
Also the errors that occurs in the original Handbook/Catalogue (by Elmar Ojaste & Vambola Hurt) has been corrected with the help of the 1988 Handbook Supplement written by the same authors. With the information available at date, the on-line catalogue is now as accurate as it can be.
However, if you find any errors or have some new information, then please notify me by e-mail.

Kindest regards
Alar Pastarus, EFÜR webb-master

July 13, 2009

ISSUE 41 OF THE ESTONIAN PHILATELIST
brings materials that should interest collectors of varied interests. From classical philately, a rare fourblock of 10 Marka Aeronaut imperforate between greets the reader already from the cover, brought to the readers by Peter Gleason and Kalev Kokk.
Also Erik Sjögren's two articles, one on the printing faults of the Tallinn Skyline issue of 1920-24 and the other on the perforations and differences of the two printings of the Reconstruction issue stamps of 1941 belong to the sphere of classical philately.
From a more recent period the article by Ago Papp about Haapsalu local provisional stationery, including forgeries, is of great interest also from the practical aspect.
The opening article of the issue is by Elmar Ojaste, who shows how it is possible to paint an exciting picture of one's hometown by going deep into the postal history of his native Suure-Jaani. Reading the article you can sense his deep-going work in archives, adding authenticity.
Besides, the Grand Old Man of Estonian philately has authored a story about the 1999 postage stamp lottery, and once again be has gone down to the minutest details in connection with the subject.
This issue concludes Ka1jula Saare's account of the postal history of ViIjandi County in the years 1944-64, a period that is often not very willingly remembered today. Yet also that period constitutes a part of Estonia's postal history and we must give credit to the author for giving a thorough overview of the two decades, including at those aspects of postal workers activity outsiders usually do not see.
Finally, the issue includes an overview by Tatjana Sergejeva, a Vi1jandi postal worker, about what happened when people at several Vi1jandi County post offices suddenly discovered in the afternoon of 31 December 2004 that it was not possible to change the year to 2005 in the date stamp.

Non members may order The Estonian Philatelist #41, 2009 from:

Anders Håkansson
Rådmansgatan 25, SE-114 25 Stockholm, Sweden
anders_hakansson@telia.com

July 9, 2009
Due to some very rainy and boring summer days lately here in Sweden, the work with the on-line stamp chapter of the Hurt/Ojaste handbook/catalogue is now completed! Well, almost - the only thing remaining is to scan and digitalize the 1918 and 1941 local issues. Hopefully, this remaining task will be completed before the end of August (2009) ;-). I really hope that you will find the on-line catalogue usefull and that you will spread the word about it to your fellow collectors. As far as I know, no other country specific society of collectors has such a usefull facility on their webb-site.

The on-line catalogue is based on the higly awarded "Eesti/Estonia Philately & Postal History Handbook" written by Vambola Hurt and Elmar Ojaste. The handbook was issued in 1986 by the Estonian Philatelic Society in Sweden (EFÜR) in co-operation with the Estonian Philatelic Society in New York (NY-EFS). The original handbook/catalogue consists of more than 760 pages and covers more or less all aspects on Estonian philately. For practical reasons, the on-line catalogue only covers stamps from 1918 to 1941.
The original handbook was sold out long ago and can today be found only at philatelic auctions and sites such as E-Bay, for instance. The handbook has become a great rarity and if you find a copy, my recommendation is; buy it!

Kindest regards
Alar Pastarus, EFÜR webb-master

June 23, 2009
The list of collectors has expanded a little again (USA).

June 13, 2009
The number of members in the Efur society has expanded again. We welcome Mr. Peter Feustel (Germany) as a new member.

June 4, 2009
The EFÜR board have decided to begin a hughe project – to digitalize the stamp chapter of the Hurt/Ojaste handbook/catalogue and publish it on the Member Area of this site!
The work has allready started and you may have a look at the so far result here. However, digitalizing such a comprehensive catalogue is a very time consuming process; the work will probably not be completed before the end of october. So, please be patient…

April 15, 2009
The slide show on the page "Estonia - History in Brief" that was originally made as an animated gif has been re-designed completely. It is now made in Flash technique.

March 25, 2009
An article in Swedish about Estonian Air Mail 1921 - 1922 has been added to the Member Area. The original article was written in Estonian language by Vambola Hurt. Translation by Anders Håkansson.

February 23, 2009
An article in facsimile about the Smiltene Issue of 1919 was added to the Member Area.
The article is in Estonian language and it was written in 1970 by Elmar Ojaste.
Alltogether, there are now more than 80 interresting articles covering all aspects on Estonian stamps and postal history.

February 21, 2009
An article in facsimile about the Rakvere stamps of 1918 was added to the public area.
The article is in Estonian language and it was written in 1970 by August Pensa.

February 4, 2009
An article about the President Konstantin Päts Issue was added to the public area.

December 6, 2008
Usernames and passwords for access to the Member Area have been changed.
Efur members have been notified by e-mail.

May 24 , 2008
An article by Peter Gleason about the Aeronaut & Teetsov perforations, translated to swedish by Anders Håkansson, was added to the public area.

January 26, 2008
An article (in Swedish) about the Flower Design Issue was added to the page "Articles". The original article did appear in Eesti Filatelist #40 and was written in English by Erik Sjögren. The article has been translated to Swedish by Anders Håkansson.

January 19, 2008
Sad news: Our dear friend Vambola Hurt has passed away.
Read more: In English - Eesti keeles

March 24, 2006
An article - "The First Estonian Air Mail" by Donald McDonald - was added to the Member Area.

March 17, 2006
An article about the "Plate flaws of the first Estonian Air Mail stamp" was added to the Member Area. The article is in English.

September 10, 2005
An article by Peter Gleason - "Bogus Willem Eichenthal expert mark" was added to the Member Area.

November 9, 2004
An article in Swedish ("I Finland censurerad post till och från Estland 1919") was added to the e-zine.

April 11, 2004

Translation:

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
The hand stamp used by Valdo Nemvalz for expertizing purposes was handed over to EFÜR by Mrs. Ulla-Brita Jansson on March 2, 2004. Mrs. Jansson did confirm that the hand stamp has not been in use after December 30, 2003.
The hand stamp has been destroyed by EFÜR.

Vambola Hurt     Erich Karjel     Alar Pastarus

February 21, 2004

THE AIR MAIL TARIFFS IN ESTONIA IN 1939 AND 1940
From April 1, 1939 the air mail surcharges for letters and postcards were abolished within Europe. We have been of opinion that due to the outbreak of the war, they were reintroduced as of March 1, 1940. Actually  that was not the case. The air mail surcharges in Estonia - 10 senti for each 20g for letters, and 5 senti for postcards - were reintroduced as of October 13, 1939 for air mail to the following Western European countries: Belgium, Spain, Holland, Ireland, France, Portugal and Great Britain (Päevaleht October 15, 1939. Nr 280). The air mail to other European countries still was free of charge.

Vambola Hurt

January 11, 2004

Valdo Nemvalz

VALDO NEMVALZ. 1922 - 2003.

Together with the New Year the news reached us that on December 30, 2003, our friend Valdo Nemvalz quietly passed away.

Valdo was born in Viljandi December 31, 1922. Since 1944 he had been living in Stockholm. Until his retirement he worked as a bank officer, handling foreign correspondence. His activities in philately started in his schoolboy-days. Already in 1939 his name can be found as a junior member in the philatelic society "Estonia". He did collect the postage stamps of several countries but his main interest was Estonian philately. When Willem Eichenthal due to old age retired as an expert, he handed over the activities to Valdo. They had been working together for some years. For many years Valdo was recognized as an expert of Estonian philately by most of the collectors.
Valdo was the last of the members who in 1954 established the philatelic society "Estonian Philatelists in Sweden" (EFÜR). He was elected as an honorary member of EFÜR. Valdo was always willing to assist his fellow collectors with their philatelic problems. He also was a good friend. Rest in Peace!

(The above picture was taken during a philatelic meeting in Tallinn on September 2003.)


Koos uue aastaga saabus kurb teade, et 30. detsembril oli meie hulgast äkitsi lahkunud Valdo Nemvalz.

Ta sündis Viljandis 31. detsembril 1922. Oma pagulaspäevad veetis ta Stockholmis, töötades pangaametnikuna võõrkeelse korrespondentsiga. Filateeliaga hakkas Valdo tegelema koolipoisina. Juba 1939.a. leiame ta nime "Estonia" noorliikmena. Ta kogus mitmete maade marke, kuid ta peamiseks huvialaks oli siiski Eesti filateelia. Kui Willem Eichenthal vanaduse tõttu loobus oma tööst eksperdina, jatkas tema tegevust Valdo. Nad olid juba tükk aega koostööd teinud. Valdo tegevus eksperdina jatkus palju aastaid ja ta nimi on tuntud kõikidele Eesti filatelistidele.
Valdo oli viimane nendest filatelistidest, kes aastal 1954 asutasid Stockholmis seltsi "Eesti Filatelistide Ühing Rootsis" (EFÜR). Ta oli valitud ühingu auliikmeks. Valdo oli alati abivalmis, aidates Eesti filateeliaga seotud probleemide lahendamisel. Peale selle oli ta hea sõber. Puhka rahus.

Vambola Hurt

October 19, 2003
An article about Estonian imperforated varieties was added to the Member Area.
We also welcome Mr. Alexander Hildebrand (Sweden) as a new member!
At date, we now have 99 members in 15 countries. Who is going to be number 100?

September 21, 2003
An article in Estonian language, "Eesti postmarkide kavandeid" was added to the Member Area.
Please note that new articles always appear at the bottom of the list of contents.

September 20, 2003
An article in German language, "Essays der Estnischen Briefmarken" was added to the Member Area.
Please note that new articles always appear at the bottom of the list of contents.

September 18, 2003
An article in Estonian, "Saksa okupatsiooni maksumargid Eestis 1918" (Fiscal stamps of the German occupation of Estonia 1918) was added to the Member Area. This article will quite soon be available in English too.

March 16, 2003
An article about the German occupation of Dorpat (Tartu) 1918 was added to the member area.

February 20, 2003
An article about the mixed frankings of 1940-1944 was added to the member area.

November 21, 2002
An article in Swedish, questioning Estonian Proofs, was added to the Member Area. The article was written as early as 1945. There is a link added, pointing to an other article - also questioning Estonian Proofs, written almost 50 years later.

October 17, 2002
An article about the postal history of Viljandi was added to the Member Area. Available to Efür members only.

September 28, 2002
An article in German - "Die Lagerpostmarken des Estenlagers Geislingen/Steige 1947-50"
was added to the Member Area.

September 14, 2002
An article about the margin inscriptions on Estonian stamps (1936 - 1940) was added to the Member Area.
Available to Efür members only.

September 6, 2002
The Ewald Eichenthal Catalogue, printed in 1931, was added in facsimile to the Member Area.

August 25, 2002
The site was uploaded to the server for the very first time.