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Finland: Covers: Numeral Rural Carrier Cancellation Covers  
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Finnish numeral postmarks starting around the 1890s and running into the 1970s or 1980s were used by rural mail carriers. Though a few other styles exist, the postmarks are typically circular, with a boxed numeral in the center, the box usually surrounded by a background of diagonal lines. While the numeral postmarks were sometimes struck on the stamps as a cancellation (usually when mailing and delivery were on the same rural route), the postmarks were more often struck to one side and the stamp then canceled by a dated postmark when the item reached an actual post office. While usually in black, some exist in colors. The numbers run from the single digits at least up into the high 3000s if not beyond. They are generally scarce -- often much scarcer than the prices would suggest. I am not aware of a complete catalog or even locations/routes listing for these cancellations (please let me know if there is one). However, those that were used in the Lost Territories (Karelia, Petsamo, and Salla) are listed in the book "Postal History of Finnish Areas Ceded to USSR (Lost Territories)" by Helkiö, 1980 ("Luovutetun Karjalan, Petsamon, Ja Sallan Postihistoriaa"). Though long out of print, I fairly often have this book available. Please inquire.

Though I may only show a few, or none, on the website, I usually have a large selection of such covers available for viewing on approval. Please inquire.
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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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