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Posted 12/10/2016   09:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Tim H to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
I acquired this cover a couple of days ago. It was registered and posted in Tallinn 16 September 1925, transited Helsinki 17 September 1925, and received in Oslo 21 September 1925. The adhesives used are the 1924 15m on 5m airmail issue, full set (perforate) of the 1925 airmail issue and two 20m "blacksmith" stamps to cover postage.

The 15m on 5m stamp covers the airmail fee and the 1925 set is purely philatelic. The two airmail cachets in red on the front were in use between 1923 and 1927. On the rear is a bilingual Finnish and Swedish "by airmail" cachet. However, the transit time of 4 days suggests that it may not have eventually been carried by airmail, as other similar covers only have an additional day's transit time. Maybe it missed a connecting flight and had to be carried on a later flight?

Here's an esoteric question: does anyone know the frequency of airmail flights between Finland and Norway at this time?




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Posted 12/10/2016   10:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Freibergs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Since it originates at a hotel, did he mail it to himself as a souvenir? I ask that only since the last names are the same.
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John, this was my original guess too, but the cover is addressed to his wife ("fru" in Norwegian is "Mrs" in English). Unless, of course, the sender was Mrs. Jorgensen...!
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Very attractive cover! I have sent myself covers throughout my stamp collecting life.
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