REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA 1991-




TRANSITION : NEW RATES ON JANUARY 1, 1991

Until 1 january 1991 the postal rates of the Soviet Union were valid in Estonia: 5 kopecks for letters within the Soviet Union and 10 kopecks for registered letters.
Estonia got more and more autonomy and now postal: the postal rates changed in Estonia. From 1 January 1991 the postal rate for letter became 15 kopecks and for registered letters 65 kopecks So it was necessary to paste -Soviet- stamps on the old postal stationeries.



As you might expect: quickly running out of postage stamps. So the authorities decided to use the old postal stationery: placement of a rectangular rubber stamp. A stamp of 10 kopecks for letters up to 20 gr. and 60 kopecks for registered letters in violet. In Tallinn 181.000 envelopes get additional franking with a stamp of 10 kopecks

According the Michel Ganzsachen-Katalog Europa Ost 2004/05 the first re-used postal stationeries were issued April, 16, 1991.

Numbers with this date April 16, 1991, in the Michel catalog:

    Rubber - high rectangular- stamp:
  • U 1, U 2, U 3: for inland letters with rubber stamp 10 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 15 kopecks.
  • EU 1, EU 2, EU 3: for registered letters with rubber stamp 60 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 65 kopecks.


  • Machine franking meter mark Soviet-Union:
  • U 8: for inland letters with machine franking meter stamp 10 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 15 kopecks.
  • EU 14: for registered letters with machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 55 kopecks and imprinted stamp 10 kopecks. Together the rate: 65 kopecks.
  • EP 5: for registered cards with machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 55 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 60 kopecks.


In the catalog is number U 1 for postal stationeries with imprinted stamp 'transport' and year '1982'. There are 13 different covers U 1 reported, with this rubber stamp,


Original print size of this image: 16,188 x 11,642 cm (is something more as the postal item)

This picture and all pictures below on this page, if not mentioned otherwise: scanned about 300 dpi. Then set right and cut out - noted the actual print size-, resized 25 % of this image and saved as jpg.

According the Michel Ganzsachen-Katalog Europa Ost 2004/05: issued April, 16, 1991. The imprinted stamp here is 'Transport', with year '1988'): number U1 in the Michel-Katalog. Under the pictures the catalog mentions also this cover: no. 05 'Estonian graphic artist G. Reindorff (1889-1974)', issued 12.12.1988. There are 13 different covers U 1, with this rubber stamp.


The letter is sent April 1991. On this cover the imprinted stamp and additional rubber stamp together 15 kopecks, the rate of an inland letter at this time. The letter is registered, and the rate for registered letters is 65 kopecks: two additional Russian stamps: 50 kopecks.


The postmark, resized 50 %.



Original print size of this image: 16,341 x 11,464 cm (is something more as the postal item)


The postmark, resized 50 %, composed of dots

According the Michel Ganzsachen-Katalog Europa Ost 2004/05: issued April, 16, 1991. The imprinted stamp here is Flag with Coat of Arms without framework (with year '1988'): number U2 in the Michel-Katalog. Under the pictures the catalog mentions also this cover: no. 05 'Rock-Summer 90', issued 27.3.1990. There are 6 different covers U 2, with this rubber stamp.

The imprinted stamp here is Flag with Coat of Arms with framework (with year '1988'): number U3 in the Michel-Katalog. Under the pictures the catalog mentions also this cover: no. 04 'Carl Robert Jakobson, Estionian writer (1841-1882)', issued 15.1.1991.


There are 5 different covers U 3, with this rubber stamp.


The postmark, resized 50 %.

This type postmark , one-ring, has the date in the center berween two parallel lines. The star is black (negative). Main difference: the text is in two rows. Name of place in Russian in the first row, under it the Estonian indication. Here no indication of the Estonian Soviet Republic. 33-35 mm in diameter.
The date 25 June, 1991 (more clear in the arrival postmark on the other side), so the rate is correct for this period. On July 1 there come new rates.




NEW RATES ON JULY 1, 1991

On July 1, 1991, Estonia get the same rates as Lithuania and Latvia: 20 kopecks for an inland letter/card and 70 kopecks for a registered letter.
So new handstamps were necessary for uprating the postal stationeries: 15 and 65 kopecks.

Original print size of this image: 16,341 x 11,515 cm (is something more as the postal item)



The handstamp, resized 50 %.

The cover here is in the Michel catalog U 4: rubber handstamp, 15 kopecks on postal stationeries with imprinted stamp 'transport' and year '1982'.
Michel mentions under U 4 also this postal stationery '50 Years Zoo of Tallinn'.

According the Michel Ganzsachen-Katalog Europa Ost 2004/05
Numbers with this date July 1, 1991:

    Rubber - high rectangular- stamp:
  • U 4, U 5, U 6: for inland letters with rubber stamp 15 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 20 kopecks.
  • EU 4, EU 5, EU 6: for registered letters with rubber stamp 65 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 70 kopecks.
  • EU 8: for registered letters with rubber stamp 60 kopecks and imprinted stamp 10 kopecks. Together the rate: 70 kopecks.
  • EU 9, EU 10, EU 11: for registered letters with left a second lying stamp 50 kopecks (rubber stamp 15 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks), U 4 and U 5. Together the rate: 70 kopecks.
  • EU 12: for registered letters with left a second lying stamp 80 kopecks (rubber stamp 65 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks), U 4 and U 5. Together the rate: 70 kopecks.
  • EP 1: for registered cards with rubber stamp 60 kopecks and imprinted stamp 4 kopecks. Together not the correct rate: 70 kopecks.
  • EP 2: for registered cards with rubber stamp 60 kopecks and imprinted stamp 10 kopecks. Together the correct rate: 70 kopecks.
  • EP 3: for registered cards with rubber stamp 60 kopecks and imprinted stamp 10 kopecks, registering-box Together the correct rate: 70 kopecks.


  • Machine franking meter mark Soviet-Union:
  • U 9: for inland letters with machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 13 kopecks and imprinted stamp 7 kopecks. Together the rate: 20 kopecks.
  • EU 15: for registered letters with machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 63 kopecks and imprinted stamp 7 kopecks. Together the rate: 70 kopecks.
  • EU 16: for registered letters with machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 65 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 70 kopecks.
  • P 32, P 33: for postcards with machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 15 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 20 kopecks.
  • P 34: for postcards with machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 16 kopecks and imprinted stamp 4 kopecks. Together the rate: 20 kopecks.


  • Machine franking meter mark, octagonal, Estonian:
  • U 11, U12, U 13: for inland letters with black octagonal machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 15 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 20 kopecks.
  • U 14, U15, U 16: for inland letters with red octagonal machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 15 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 20 kopecks.
  • U 17: issued later
  • EU 18, EU19, EU 20: for registered letters with red octagonal machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 65 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 70 kopecks.
  • P 36: for postcards with red octagonal machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 15 kopecks and imprinted stamp 5 kopecks. Together the rate: 20 kopecks.

According the Michel Ganzsachen-Katalog Europa Ost 2004/05
Number with date August 28, 1991:

    Machine franking meter mark, octagonal, Estonian:
  • U 17: for inland letters with red octagonal machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 13 kopecks and imprinted stamp 7 kopecks. Together the rate: 20 kopecks.



On this cover: a machine-postmark is used for up-rating.

Original print size of this image: 16,366 x 11,718 cm (is something more as the postal item)


The machine-stamp, resized 50 %.


According the Michel Ganzsachen-Katalog Europa Ost 2004/05
Number U 17, with date August 28, 1991

Original print size of this image: 16,239 x 11,642 cm (is something more as the postal item)

The imprinted stamp -resized 50%- is 7 kopecks. This cover with special imprinted stamp: 100 years Pühtitsa-woman monastery Kuremäe. In May the rate for letters inland of the Soviet Union changed from 5 to 7 kopecks. The new postal stationeries were also delivered to Estonia.


So it was necassary to use new additional machine franking: 13 kopecks.
This cover is for inland letters with red octagonal machine franking meter stamp -USSR- 13 kopecks and imprinted stamp 7 kopecks. Together the rate: 20 kopecks.
Here also a special postmark 100 years monastery.