Postal History from Finland 1889 - 1918
War Charity stamps
Text in three languages, Finnish, Russian and Swedish
HAAVOITTUNEILLE ja SAIRAILLE SOTILAILLE;
РАНЕНЫМЪ и БОЛЬНЫМЪ ВОИНАМЪ
FÖR SÅRADE ock SJUKA KRIGARE
(For wounded and sick soldiers)
Issued in 1915 ?
The stamps or sealing labels were printed in sheets of 20 (5p: 5 x 4 and 10p: 4 x 5), values 5p, 10p, and 25p overprinted on 10p.
A misprint of the overprint is also found which reads 23 instead of 25.
Actually any aditional information about theese charity stamps would be extremly welcome.
Letter sent from Helsinki 5th July 1915 to Norway with charity stamp attached.
Another war charity stamp more scarcely found; with same text as above but only in Finnish
- and I have never seen this in used condition:
These two stamps are from my collection. The 5p printed on bluish paper and the 25p on brownish paper.
This design was printed in blocks of four with four different values: 5, 10, 25, and 50 pen. The same imprint is also found on a unused 10 pen postal stationary of the 1911 design and a 20 pen stationary cover.
The following JPG's are from THE FINNISH PHILATELIST
Vol. 12, No. 3, August 2007, Whole Number 44, page 1 and 12;
and Vol. 12, No. 4, November 2007, Whole Number 45 page 1
In The Finnish Philatelist the editor asks for further information, but has as far as I know not received any such
Do you have any information I should very much like to hear from you.
Both issues above are quite rare, and this could very well be due to the fact that the charity stamps were sold in favour of the RUSSIAN soldiers who naturally were very unpopular.
Opdateret d. 16. Feb. 2011