This site is about my hobby and great interest: philately and postal history from Finland. It mainly involves thirty years around the year 1900, thirty years which contain so much dramatic history and politics. No other area that I know of can offer suchs a range of postmarks, mixed franking between different currencies and issues, prohibited material, political protests, censorship, fieldpost etc. A big player in these dramas was the big neighbour east of Finland - Russia. If you surfe around my pages you shall find many interesting examples of this.
History In the war of 1808-1809, Russian troops conquered Finland. The country had formerly belonged to Sweden and was annexed to the Russian Empire at the Peace Treaty of Hamina on September 17th, 1809, and Finland became an autonomous Grand Duche of the Russian Empire.
Postcard showing blond Finnish woman, Finlandia carrying the Finnish law Lex, and in the sky a two headed eagle, a symbol of the Russian Empire.
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LINKS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:
All copies of The Finnish Philatelist can be found on the homepage of
Scandianvian Collectors Club
If you like me donot read Finnish you will find these magazines a true goldmine of information if you follow the link just below.
click the logo for direct link:
(Half way down in right side colum you find Finnish Filatelists 'Index and Issue')
other homepages of special Finnish interest:
Morten Naarstad - Finland 1891-1918
Hannu Nummela - Postileimat
Anssi Mikkola - Karjalaleimat
The Oval Point