Postal History from Finland 1889 - 1918




Russian stamps sold in Finland
Russian Arms type - 1889 Issue, horizontal laid paper




The Russian stamps were issued in Finland when the corresponding ring-type stamps were sold out.
The dates of delivery from Russia to Finnish GPO are known, but the first day of use are estimated.


1 kop 2 kop 3 kop 4 kop 5 kop 7 kop 10 kop
date of delivery: 22.III.1899 18.X.1899 18.X.1899 18.X.1899 no 22.III.1899 10.VII.1900
date of first use:> V. 1900 I. 1900 VIII. 1900 VII. 1900 X. 1899 X. 1900
number used: ? 4,5 mill 5,2 mill 1,5 mill 0 4 mill 3 mill


14 kop 20 kop 35 kop 50 kop 1 rbl 3½ rbl 7 rbl
date of delivery: XII.1900 10.VII.1900 10.VII.1900 10.VII.1900 10.VII.1900 1.VII.1899 1.VII.1899
date of first use: XI. 1901 V. 1901 1908 XII. 1905 VIII. 1905 V. 1903 XI. 1904
number used: 0,5 mill 0,5 mill ca. 15.000 90.000 20.000 14.467 9.251


Of the 35 kop only the total number of m1889 and m1909 is known (69.225 stamps used)

here follow some examples of use in Finland:



Local printed matter



10pen postal stationary double card of Finnish 1889 sent to Kovno (Kaunas) Lithuania.
Finnish issues not valid for use to Russian Empire after 1st of Jan. 1892, therefor card is uprated with a Russian 3 kop stamp. (co-runner)



Value letter sent from Helsinki to Stockholm.



Parcel card for international insured parcel sent from Helsinki to Copenhagen in 1910
Size reduzed 10%


Moneytransfer card for 1810 Rbl sent from Helsinki to Kuopio in July 1917
Rate was ¼%, so card seems to be underrated by 2kop.



Opdateret d. 19. Mar. 2012