Finland’s First Independent Stamp Issue

12 May 2018  Sat

After the Russian Revolution of Dec 2017, Finland declared its Independence. One of the first actions of the embryonic Republic of Finland in 1917 was to arrange for postage stamps to confirm its new political identity at home and in the world.

The end of the Russian Rule over Finland led to the cancelling of the existing postal rules. The problem was that if Russian stamps were no longer to be used, there were no stocks of Finnish stamps to use instead. In April 1917, the Finnish senate began examining how to reintroduce Finnish postal issues.

An idea of 10 stamps of various denominations, intended for use on all mail deliveries within Finland and abroad was accepted and agreed. All of the new stamps were to have the same design: the Finnish heraldic lion, a national image dating to the late 16th century, with the country name both in Swedish (Finland) and in the Finnish language (Suomi).

On the eve of Independence, Finland was ready with the new Postal Issues.

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