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Karelia

31st January 1922

Russian Entity 5

Karelia 1 to 15
  1-15 xxx

perf 11½, 12, no wmk, litho
Printed by F. Tilgmann & Co. Helsinki

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
5 pennia dark grey   1 1      
10p light blue   2 2      
20p rose red   3 3      
25p yellow brown   4 4      
40p magenta   5 5      
50p grey green   6 6      
75p orange yellow   7 7      
1 markka pink and grey   8 8      
2m yellow-green and grey   9 9      
3m light blueand grey   10 10      
5m red-lilac and grey   11 11      
10m light brown and grey   12 12      
15m green and carmine   13 13      
20m rose and green   14 14      
25m yellow and blue   15 15      

Scott [1] notes that "conterfeits abound".
Scott does not date the issue within 1922, but Gibbons [2] specifies 31st January.

Eastern Karelia SG1
Eastern Karelia, Finnish Occupation
1941 Sc-N1 SG1

Northern Karelia, bordering on Finland declared its independence from Russia in October 1921 and enjoyed a single issue of stamps before being reabsorbed in 1923. Karelia became an autonomous Soviet republic in July 1923.
The stamps only had limited use and remaining stocks were cancelled to order.

There was an issue for Eastern Karelia during WW2 inscribed 'ITA-KARJALA' which Gibbons lists as Russia, Finnish Occupation.

Sources: ScC, SGP7.

Images from ebay.

FI ref: 524 Page credit: NB

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