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Helsingfors

Literature: "Finnland III, Helsingfors Stadtpost Tammerfors Lokalpost Ausgabe 1923' by the Helsingfors Frimarkssamlare-forening (in German), also available at: http://personal.inet.fi/yritys/porssitieto/stadspost/stadspost1.htm.

1866 Inscription 'STADSPOST KAUPUNGIN POSTI HELSINGFORS'

Genuine, with 'L' pencancel

  10 p green and red
  10 p brown and blue (1868)
 

Note the very typical perforation of these stamps, the so-called serpentine perforation, imperforate stamps are known to exist. In 1878 reprints were made with normal perforation (12 1/2). The 10 p has an 'L' shaped obliteration (handwritten), other manual cancels were used, also a horseshoe cancel (for picture, see 1871 issue, there even exist two types of this horseshoe cancel).

Fournier has offered forgeries of the Helsingfors stamps, the following stamps are forgeries, I suspect it to be these forgeries. I don't think he made these forgeries himself, since he offers them as 2nd choice for 0.50 Swiss Francs both (maybe these are actually Spiro forgeries?). A picture of this can be seen in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries' by Ragatz. It can be recognized by the number of half-circles on the 'STADSPOST' label; there are only 13 circles in this forgery (the genuine stamp should have 16):

Forgery!

Note the strange dot cancel. Both values were forged. I've also seen both values with a 'HELSINGFORS' two ring cancel (with no dates).

Another forgery of this issue exists with 18 half-circles on the 'STADSPOST' label (instead of 16) and with 'STADPOST' thinner. Only the brown and blue stamp exist of this forgery, (always?) unused.

Stamp with cancel '8' in a pattern of lines are forged cancels (probably only found on reprints).

1871 issue


(Circular cancel and horseshoe cancel)

  10 p red and green

This issue exist perforated with the snake-like perforation or perforated 12 1/2 (1875). Reprints were made where the two halfs of the stamp are not fitting well into each other. The first stamp has a circular cancel, the second a horseshoe cancel. Circular cancels were introduced in 1881.

1883 Value with crown

  10 p green and red

1884 Value with 'HELSINGFORS HELSINGISSA' written across it

  10 p brown

1890 Value in circle

  5 p brown and gold
  10 p brown, blue and gold

 

Postal Stationery

1874 Inscription 'KORRESPONDENSKORT STADSPOSTEN I HELSINGFORS' with green stamplike impression


(Helsingfors postcard, reduced size)

Specialists distinghuish several varieties of this postal stationery.

1891 Inscription 'Korrespondenskort. STADSPOSTEN I HELSINGFORS' with impression similar to the 1890 stamp

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  10 p blue, brown and gold

 


Tammerfors

Literature: "Finnland III, Helsingfors Stadtpost Tammerfors Lokalpost Ausgabe 1923' by the Helsingfors Frimarkssamlare-forening (in German), also available at: http://personal.inet.fi/yritys/porssitieto/stadspost/stadspost1.htm. The stamps were introduced by the postmaster Otto Reinhold Reuter. After 1888 no more local stamps were used.

1866 Inscription 'TAMMERFORS LOKALPOST'


(Tammerfors, type 1)

  12 p green and blue

Specialists distinguish 2 types, mainly differing in the '12' just above the shield; in type 1 the '12' is on a white background, in type 2 the '12' is situated on a lined background. Cancels that can be found are circular ones in two types: with one circle and with two circles (larger), furhermore occasionally the franco cancel 'FRKO' in a rectangle can be found.

I have also seen a 12 p red and green; postal stationery?


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