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Before the independance of Latvia, the stamps of Russia were used, example:
3 k lilac 5 k red 10 k blue 15 k green 20 k orange 25 k grey 35 k brown 40 k lilac (1921) 50 k violet 75 k green 3 r blue and red (1920) 5 r brown and red (1920) Surcharged
'2 DIWI RUBLI' on 10 k blue (1920) '15 SANTIMU' on 50 k violet (1927)
Some stamps of the 5 k value were printed on the back of maps. Example:
(Front and backside)
A nice site on the forgeries of this issue can be found at http://www.apsit.com/forgery.htm
Later issues were also printed on the back of unfinished banknotes.
5 k red 15 k green 35 k brown Surcharged
'2 DIWI RUBLI' on 35 k brown (1920?)
10 k blue
10 k brown and red 25 k blue and green 35 k black and blue 1 R green and brown Surcharged
'WEENS 1 RUBLIS' (red) on 35 k black and blue (1920) 'DIVI 2 RUBLI' (red) on 25 k blue and green (1920) 'DIVI 2 RUBLI' (blue) on 35 k black and blue (1920?)
(Smaller and larger sized stamp)
(Front and backside of a 1 R stamp, reduced size)
10 k brown and red (2 sizes) 35 k blue and green 1 R green and red
Due to lack of paper the 1 R stamp was printed on the backside of banknote paper (see picture above).
Surcharged '10 ruble' on 1 R green and red (1920) '10 ruble' and 'Desmit rubli.' on 1 R green and red (1921) '20 ruble' (brown) on 1 R green and red (1920) '30 ruble' (blue) on 1 R green and red (1920) 'DIWI RUBLI 2' (red) on 35 k blue and green (1920)
50 k green and red 1 R green and brown Surcharged (1921) '10 DESMIT RBL' on 50 k green and red 20 R on 50 k green and red 30 R on 50 k green and red 50 R on 50 k green and red 100 R (blue) on 50 k green and red
50 k red 1 R blue 3 R lilac and green 5 R grey and brown Surcharged 'DIVI 2 RUB.2' (blue) on 50 k red
20 k + 30 k brown and red 40 k + 55 k blue and red 50 k + 70 k green and red 1 R + 1.30 R black and red Surcharged (1921) 'Rub 2 RUB' on 20 k + 30 k brown and red 'Rub 2 RUB' on 40 k + 55 k blue and red 'Rub 2 RUB' on 50 k + 70 k green and red 'Rub 2 RUB' on 1 R + 1.30 R black and red
The next permanent series was issued in 1921 (arms of Latvia), example:
The first airmail stamps were issued in 1921 (triangular stamps with an earoplane in the center; 10 R green and 20 R blue).
More stamps exist with this overprint, they were issued for the North West army of general Awalow - Bermondt, I don't know if these stamps were ever actually used.
I do not know if the next overprint is genuine or a bogus issue, I have seen the 50 k with the same overprint:
Another overprint (I've been told that this was made for the Western Army?):
I have seen this overprint on the arms issue (3 k, 5 k, 10 k, 20 k, 25 k, 35 k, 50 k and 75 k) and the Riga 1919 issue (values 5 k, 15 k and 35 k).
Local bogus issue for Rauna - Walmeera (Wolmar - Ronnenberg), supposedly issued on 12th December 1918:
(Four different values on a letter with 'Rauna' cancel)
The designs are fairly similar, I've seen the values 5 k, 10 k, 25 k and 50 k. The inscription is 'LATWIJA'. I've seen them with a straight 'Rauna' cancel or a straight 'Walmeera' cancel.
Inscription 'ZIMOGMARKA' picture of a woman:
In this design I have seen: 20 s brown and green, 40 s green and brown.
Inscription 'ZIMOGMARKA', arms of Latvia:
In this design I have seen 2 s orange, 3 s green, 5 s blue and 10 s olive.