In the beginning of the 13th Century the Estonian territory
consisted of eight Land-States. Some initial steps had been
taken to form a Confederation of these lands. This development
was interrupted by the arrival of foreign military forces under
pretext of christianization of the area. The dispatch of messages
during ancient Estonian Independence before the 13th Century,
had been verbal, mainly by means of mounted couriers.
JAAN LUBI FORGERIES
It is known that forgeries of Estonian stamps were produced
by different persons in different parts of the world. This article,
however, only deals with forgeries carried out by Jaan Lubi
of Viljandi. They are not the most difficult ones to distinguish,
on the other hand, as always cancelled they may escape the attention
of collectors, who frequently consider cancelled stamps as less
worth examination of their genuiness.
The catalogue is based on the awarded "Eesti/Estonia
Philately & Postal History Handbook" written by Vambola
Hurt and Elmar Ojaste. 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.
March 1918. Air Mail of Saaremaa.
German aircraft with Field Post Mail on arrival to the airfield
July 19, 1921: The first airmail arrives to Tallinn from Stockholm.
At the extreme left, Jüri Ots, the manager of the Estonian
air company - Aeronaut.
- HISTORY IN BRIEF
Northernmost of the three Baltic republics which were made independent
after World War I. Estonia had a strategic importance in the
eastern Baltic, and as such, was seized in 1721 by Peter the
Great, who wished to extend his maritime outlets. Apart from
the period between the two World Wars, and conquest by the Germans,
Estonia remained a Russian province to August 20, 1991 when
it re-established independence.
The first Estonian stamp booklet was produced in 1930. The stamps
of the Coat of Arms Issue were used - one block of six of the
5 Senti value and three blocks of six of the 10 Senti. As the
price of the booklet was rather stiff, not many were bought
by the collectors. Only a very limited number (less than 10?)
still exist today.
August 31, 2013