Finland Abbreviations on Postmarks

Frequently abbreviations and words occur in postmarks or on covers that at times completely mystified me. With the help of the Librarian of the Post Museum in Helsinki and the Handbook of Finnish Postmarks IV (copy in the library), 1…...

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Finland Helsinki Railway Station Numbers

In 1870 the railway line between St. Petersburg (Finnish Pietari) and Helsinki was opened. From 30 November 1870 travelling post offices were brought into service to convey the mail and to collect items posted on the trains at stations on…...

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Finland Helsinki Sub-post offices postmarks

Some years ago I purchased a Russian Romanov 4 kop. postal stationery card that had been used in Finland. The card was postmarked with an unusual Helsinki postmark that I had not seen before, Figure 1. In the following months…...

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Finland Parcel cards

One of the more confusing aspects of Finnish collecting is the correct identification of parcel cards and similar postal stationery used by the post office for other services such as cash on delivery and postal money orders. Often I am…...

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