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44 [1990 2.00 Kumlinge Church Mural] (VF) on 19 November 1990 domestic cover from ÖDKARBY to a Mariehamn newspaper contest. The 2.00 postage rate was in use only one year, 3 March 1990 through 28 February 1991; but this stamp was issued 10 September 1990, thus this single franking was only possible for 172 days. Non-philatelic, small-size covers, canceled at smaller towns, are hard to find. Excellent quality.
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44 [1990 2.00 Kumlinge Church Mural] (VF) on 21 January 1991 domestic cover from ÖDKARBY to a Mariehamn newspaper contest. The 2.00 postage rate was in use only one year, 3 March 1990 through 28 February 1991; but this stamp was issued 10 September 1990, thus this single franking was only possible for 172 days. Non-philatelic, small-size covers, canceled at smaller towns, are hard to find. Excellent quality, Superb cancellation.
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44 [1990 2.00 Kumlinge Church Mural] (VF) on 21 January 1991 domestic cover from ÖDKARBY to a Mariehamn newspaper contest. The 2.00 postage rate was in use only one year, 3 March 1990 through 28 February 1991; but this stamp was issued 10 September 1990, thus this single franking was only possible for 172 days. Non-philatelic, small-size covers, canceled at smaller towns, are hard to find. Excellent quality, Superb cancellation.
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44 [1990 2.00 Kumlinge Church Mural] (VF) on 21 January 1991 domestic cover within MARIEHAMN to a newspaper contest. Machine slogan postmark "NU KÖRS POSTPAKETEN HEM" (now postal packages are driven home) This postmark use started sometime in 1989 and I believe ended in 1991 or 1992. The 2.00 postage rate was in use only one year, 3 March 1990 through 28 February 1991; but this stamp was issued 10 September 1990, thus this single franking was only possible for 172 days. Non-philatelic, small-size covers, can be hard to find. Excellent quality and cancellation.
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44 [1990 2.00 Kumlinge Church Mural] (VF) on 21 January 1991 domestic cover within MARIEHAMN to a newspaper contest. Machine slogan postmark "NU KÖRS POSTPAKETEN HEM" (now postal packages are driven home) This postmark use started sometime in 1989 and I believe ended in 1991 or 1992. The 2.00 postage rate was in use only one year, 3 March 1990 through 28 February 1991; but this stamp was issued 10 September 1990, thus this single franking was only possible for 172 days. Non-philatelic, small-size covers, can be hard to find. Excellent quality and cancellation.
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44 [1990 2.00 Kumlinge Church Mural] (VF) on 21 January 1991 domestic cover within MARIEHAMN to a newspaper contest. Machine slogan postmark "NU KÖRS POSTPAKETEN HEM" (now postal packages are driven home) This postmark use started sometime in 1989 and I believe ended in 1991 or 1992. The 2.00 postage rate was in use only one year, 3 March 1990 through 28 February 1991; but this stamp was issued 10 September 1990, thus this single franking was only possible for 172 days. Non-philatelic, small-size covers, can be hard to find. Excellent quality and cancellation.
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Sweden / Åland: An unusual form of Swedish "postal stationery" (listed by Facit under Swedish military postal stationery), a coupon used to obtain stamps for the Swedish soldiers stationed in Åland in 1918 -- only used for Swedish soldiers in Åland. There are two types listed by Facit. This is Type A, used to obtain official mail stamps. (Type B was used to obtain official mail postal stationery envelopes; extremely rare, Facit indicates one example known.) Mint VF in perfect condition. The only time I have been able to obtain any of these was a small group of 6-8 examples that I found in an old dealer stock in Sweden in 1995; I have not seen any before or since. Twenty-five years later I just found the group again, misplaced in our stock. [Includes a photocopy of listing from Facit Catalog.]
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Finland Scott #176D [1945 5 mk blue M-30 Lion] (VF) on 8 January 1946 cover from MARIEHAMN to Stockholm, Sweden. Censored with Finnish #63 violet censor handstamp. The Nordic 20 gram letter rate of 5.00 mk was in use for only a short time: 1 July 1945 through 15 January 1946. Post-WWII Åland censored covers are scarce -- this may be the latest example I have seen. A very nice cover.
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Russia Used in Åland: Facit #R7P2 [10 kopek, vertically laid paper] (damaged from placement over edge of card) on 8 March 1906 picture post card (fancy embossed design). This divided address-side card was used in 1906 before this format was approved in late 1907 for general use between UPU countries; in 1906 divided address-side cards were only being used domestically in some countries, or by agreement between a few countries. Mailed at JERSÖ (no post office) and picked up by a rural carrier using RURAL LETTER CARRIER #939 NUMERAL CANCELLATION; This rural route was established 1 February 1905 -- this is early use. Date canceled at MARIEHAMN (bilingual postmark) to the U.S. In this period, Russian stamps were required on mail to other countries, however examples from Åland are hard to find. Even domestic covers within Åland or from Åland to Finland are scarce with numeral cancellations. However, examples to other countries are extremely scarce. Despite the damage to the stamp, this card is very attractive -- and extremely scarce!
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Åland Frama 1984 (First Design): .10, 1.10, 1.40, 2.00 plus Åland 1.40 1984 Flag stamp and Finland 1982 2.40 Parliament stamp, total franking 8.40, on 11 December 1984 10 gram REGISTERED cover from HAMMARLAND to HELSINKI (with receiver on reverse). The registry label has handwritten "Hammarland" town name. At this time, Åland and Finland stamps were both valid in Åland. The Frama stamps represent the original three pre-set values, plus an ad-hoc .10 value. Quite interesting and unusual in several regards.
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Åland Frama 1984 (First Design): 1.10 x2, 1.40, 2.00 plus Åland 1.40 1984 Flag stamp and Finland 1982 2.40 Parliament stamp, total franking 9.40, on 10 December 1984 EXPRESS cover from STORBY to HELSINKI (with receiver on reverse). At this time, Åland and Finland stamps were both valid in Åland. The Frama stamps represent the original three pre-set values. Quite interesting and unusual in several regards; Åland express covers are scarce.
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ÅLAND Frama 1984 (First Design): 1.40 on 3 December 1984 cover mailed within Helsinki, Finland, with "HELSINKI 10" cancellation to the side. The Åland stamp was not valid in Finland (but Finnish stamps were valid in Åland at that time) and thus it was faintly "marked off" in pencil with a "0" indicating no value. The cover was marked 2.40 postage due boxed "T" handstamp with amount written in. Upon arrival at "HELSINKI 18" postage due was collected with FINNISH Frama (First Design) 1.40 and 1.00 stamps, affixed and canceled. Really an exceptional use utilizing the Frama stamps of both "countries" (Åland is part of Finland), correct application of postage due rules, etc.
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Åland Frama 1984 (First Design): 1.40 on 5 December 1984 picture post card (general Finnish tourist montage) from JOMALA to Helsinki, Finland.
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Åland Frama 1984 (First Design): 1.10 on 4 December 1984 "2" (second class) cover from GOTTBY to Helsinki, Finland. Second class covers leaving Åland are unusual.
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Finland #168 [1932 1.25 mark yellow M-30 Lion] (VF) on 10 August 1933 picture post card to Sweden with MARIEHAMN (Åland) cancellation. The card is produced in Åland and is a nice real photo of a tourist house near Geta.
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Finland #168 [1932 1.25 mark yellow M-30 Lion] (VF) on 6 June 1933 picture post card to Borgå (Finland) with MARIEHAMN (Åland) cancellation. The card was at least sold (and may have been produced) in Åland and is a nice lithographed photo of a farm fields in the Kirkeby area near Eckerö.
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Finland #168 [1932 1.25 mark yellow M-30 Lion] (VF) on 25 July 1938 picture post card to Sweden with very nicely struck MARIEHAMN (Åland) bi-lingual cancellation. The card was locally produced Åland and is a real photo coastal scene.
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Finland #213 [1937 2 mark Field-Marshal Gustaf Mannerheim] (F-VF) on 20 July 1937 (the stamp was issued 4 June) letter card ("KORT-BREV / ÅLANDSPOST" with MARIEHAMN (Åland) bi-lingual cancellation, to KARIS, Finland, with a faint but clear 21 July 1937 bi-lingual receiver on reverse. The letter card (which originally had a sealing margin that was to be torn off to open it; there is a minor rounding at lower left) contains an extensive message and is completely non-philatelic. I have never before had (and I do not recall previously seeing) an example of an "ÅLANDSPOST" letter card. The card branding was presumably the invention of a local stationery supplier; I would be interested to know more about it. This stamp on cover (even when normally used from a mainland Finnish town) is quite sought after; Mannerheim was an important figure in the history of Finland.
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Finland #38 x10 [1890 2 penni 3-Numeral] (F-VF) on 13 June 1891cover from ÅBO (Finland) with circle-of-dots "ÅBO-FINLAND" Finland-style cancellations, to GETA, ÅLAND, with a multiple 14 June 1891 MARIEHAMN 2-ring style receivers on the front. The ten 2 penni stamps correctly pay the 20 penni domestic letter rate to 15 grams. However, this franking is quite unusual and is very dramatic. That is was used on a cover to Åland is all the better! Slightly roughly opened at bottom, but looks great!
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Finland #402 and 464A combination pair from booklet (VF) on 25 August 1975 Åland tourist picture post card [Mariehamn harbor and ferry ships] mailed on board a ferry traveling toward Finland. Landed and put into the post at TURKU, Finland, with unclear NAVIRE ship letter (paquebot) cancellation. The booklet stamps are scarce on covers from Åland.
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Registered mail receipt 25 November 1983 for two registered and two insured pieces of mail from the village of TOSARBY with nice postmark, to MARIEHAMN. Such postal forms were rarely saved and are thus now seldom offered.
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