Postal History from Finland 1889 - 1918


Perfins on Finnish stamps

Perfins from Finland is a rather small chapter.
Around the world there are about 50.000 different perfins from ab. 150 postal administrations.
On initiative by Joseph Sloper, London, the British Postal Administration allowed firms to perforate stamps with initials in March 1868.

Number found in for example

England: 18.000;
Germany: 12.000,
USA: 6.000;
Denmark: 1.000;

and Finland: 11

A study of the Finnish perfins was made in 1983 containing about 8.000 stamps, shares quoted below refer to this study.





F&CO

Finlayson & Co
Tampere / Tammerfors
period: 22. Oct. 1892 - **. May 1901

share: 7,5%
2 positions known


This perfin is known in position Ia and IIIa, and found on m/1889; m/1891; m/1895; and m/1901 issue
I only show position Ia above


Cover from FINLAYSON & COMP., TAMMERFORS sent to Ekanäs 30th of October 1899. The 20p stamp of m/1895 is with F&CO perfin.




K.B.

Karl Boström,
Hanko / Hangö
period: 29. March 1899 - ** October 1910

share: 7,8%
all 8 positions known


Ia IIa IIIa IVa
Ib IIb IIIb IVb








This perfin has been found on m/1889; m/1891; m/1895; and m/1901 issue


PAQUEBOT postmarked cover sent per steamer from Hangö to Copenhagen arrived 31.12.1900.
10 kop ring-type stamp with K.B. perfin


Very late use:

Friend found this pair with K.B. perfin. The stamps are postmarked HANGÖ 28.I.3(?)
do you know of similar items ?




J.G.W.

John Gust. Wikeström
Turku / Åbo
period: 10. May 1899 - ** February 1903

share: 0,2%
4 positions known


This perfin has been found on m/1895; and m/1901





S.

Försäkringsanstalten Sampo
Turku / Åbo
period: 18. September 1913 - 5. March 1926

share 24%
all 8 positions known

Ia IIa IIIa IVa
Ib IIb IIIb IVb








This perfin has been found on m/1901(1 Mark) m/1911; m/1917; m/1918 and on the Russian 1909 issue


Cover sent from Försäkringsanstalten Sampo in Turku 27th of January 1916 to Myllykoski. The cover is censored at Viipuri.
Franking is a 5 pen m/1911 stamp with S. pos Ia perfin and a 20 pen m/1911 with S. position IIIa perfin.




ASEA

Almänna Elektriska A.B. i Finland, Helsingfors
or known as Asea Ab. Helsinki
period: ** March 1914 - 9. April 1937

share 41%
all 8 positions known


Ia IIa IIIa IVa
Ib IIb IIIb IVb








This perfin has been found on m/1901(1 Mark); m/1911; m/1917; m/1930* and on the Russian 1909 issue


Postcard sent from ASEA Helsinki 2.VII.14 to Forsby. Card is franked with pair of 5 pen m/1911 with tête-bêche perfin (Ia and IIIb). This is the only horizontal ASEA perfin I have seen on small size stamps.


Cover sent from ASEA Helsinki 30.VI.15 to Raumo, arrived 1.VII.15. Franked with a 5 and a 20 pen m/1911 stamp with ASEA perfin (IIa and IVa). On front Raumo censormark no. 3


40 pen Saarinen stamp perforated twice with ASEA perfin (position IIb and IVb)
Stamps with only part of the perfin can also be found - especially FORD perfin.




V.E.

Ab Viktor Ek Oy,
Helsinki
period: 10. April 1914 - ** ** 1919

share 2,9%
all 8 positions known


Ia IIa IIIa IVa
Ib IIb IVb








Position IIIb is missing in my collection
This perfin has been found on m/1901(1 Mark); m/1911; m/1917; and on the Russian 1909 issue






V

Försäkringsbolaget Verdandi,
Åbo / Turku
period: ** April 1914 - 11. September 1920

share 1%
all 4 positions known (identical from front and back)


I II
I II




This perfin has been found on m/1911; m/1917; and on the Russian 1909 issue






N

Ab Notraco Oy,
Helsinki
Period: 30. May 1924 - 21. September 1940

share 6,8%
7 of 8 positions known (IIb not known)


Ia Ia Ib Ib




This perfin has been found on m/1917 and m/1930*





TKT

Teknokonsult Oy,
Helsinki
Period: 22. April 1928 - 13. September 1931

share 1%
all 8 positions known


Local printed matter cover (rate 40p: 15.Jan. 1926 - 30.Nov. 1931) from TEKNOKONSULT OY sent from Helsinki 30.IX.1929. Franking 40p m/1917 with TKT perfin position III.

This perfin is found on m/1917 and m/1930*




FORD

Oy Ford Ab,
Helsinki
Period: 11. December 1930 - ** ** 1940

share 7,5%
all 8 positions known


IIa IIb IVa IVb
IIa IIb IVa IVb


Here I show only II a&b and IV a&b.








Parcel card sent from Ford Motor Company of Finland O/Y, Helsinki 3.XII.30 to Lahti.
The stamp is perforated FORD position IIIa







W

probably Waldhof Ab,
Kexholm / Käkisalmi
today Priozersk on Western shore of Lake Ladoga in Russia.
Period: during 1930s

share 0%
I have seen the following three positions (I; III; and IV)
if you have information about a position II stamp, then I would like to hear about this.

No postal items known with this perfin and as far as I know only found on 10M (Lake Saimaa) and 25M (Woodcutter)


W position I - front and back.


W position I on a 25M Woodcutter stamp


These items have been spotted on eBay - position III and IV.


A position III W perfin with perfect Käkisalmi postmark - and a fake ZEPPELIN overprint, what a waste of a unique stamp!




I include the following to complete the chaptor, though they really do not belong here:


Danish perfin FT (DPS no. F.52) has been found on a Finnish m/1930 stamp Franck & Tobiesen (Danish shipping Co.) had routes in the 1930'ties including calls to the Finnish ports of Helsinki and Turku (Åbo). The stamp shown here is Danish

A mint copy of a Finnish stamp with perfin Å&Å is know. This perforation was used by the Swedish publisher Åhlen & Åkerlund Forlag in Stockholm. This company was known to accept stamps as payment.







Aerogram from ABOEX 84 stamp exhibition in Turku. Similar found from exhibition in 1989.
I placed a piece of red paper inside the aerogram before scanning to show the perfin.




Perfin links:

Perfin Club Nederland (in Dutch) ** De perfins van Finland **

The Story about SPIFS/PERFINs