New Stamps from Estonia

Folk Costumes – Mihkli and Vigala

\"estoniaMihkli Parish lies on the boundary of the Lääne and Pärnu Counties. One of the stamps has a young man and girl in clothes of the mid-19th century. The young man wears a suit typical to the period but differs from others by its greenish blue colour. Also the girl’s cardigan with puffy sleeves is slightly peculiar. The girl is bareheaded, but married women wore a rather peculiar cocked cap which had to be tied under the chin so it would stay in place at all. The embroidery of one such cap has been used in the First Day cancellation. In the second half of the 19th century women of Vigala Parish wore beautiful red chequered skirts, cardigans with the shoulders buffed up and wide necks, later also jackets, tall hats, aprons of print cotton as well as numerous kerchiefs. Necklaces of coin pendants were the preferred jewellery in Vigala Parish; some of them had several rows of beads and pendants.

Issue Date: 14.04.2014 Designer: Mari Kaarma Printer: AS Vaba Maa Process: Process Colours: 4 Colours Size: 27.5 x 33.0 mm Values: €0.45, €1.00

Bird of the Year :Common Kingfisher

\"estoniaDue to its extraordinary colours the Common Kingfisher, (Alcedo atthis), is called the Nordic jewel and the pearl of rivers. Both the kingfisher’s plumage, as well as the shape of its body, are unique. It nests on the banks of rivers, brooks and bigger ditches lined with trees and rivers, the banks of which offer opportunities for digging its nest. The kingfisher particularly likes shallow rivers with pure water. It mainly feeds on small fish. We can expect to see the kingfisher round the year, but only a few remain here for the winter. The Estonian Ornithological Society picks the bird of the year since 1995. More information about the Common Kingfisher can be found in the internet, where it has numerous sites.

Issue Date: 20.03.2014 Designer: Vladimir Taiger Printer: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 40.88 x 41.3 mm Values: €0.45

Definitive Stamp. Võru

\"estoniaThe city of Võru lies in the South-eastern corner of Estonia, about 250 km from the capital, Tallinn. On January 1, 2014 the city had 13,169 residents. The territory of the city covers 13 sq km. The pride of the city is Lake Tamula of 231.3 hectares, the beach promenade along its northern shore and the longest suspension bridge in Estonia (180 metres).Võru was granted city rights in 1784 and the city marks its birthday every August 21, in connection with it the lake shore turns into a concert venue, offering good music for the residents free of charge. The city has activities for everyone. It has two museums, the Lutheran St Catherine’s and the Orthodox Martyr Catherine’s Churches, the Kannel Cultural Centre with a high-level gallery and with a concert, theatre and movie hall, full-size stadium and sports hall with illuminated skiing and running tracks and a very high-level bathing beach.

Issue Date: 05.03.2014 Designer: Indrek Ilves Printer: AS vaba Maa Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 5 x 5 Values: €0.45

Estonian Flag : First Estonian Self-Adhesive Stamp

\"estonianThe combination of the blue, black and white colours of the Estonian national flag is one of the most important and most beloved national symbols. Of the colours, blue represents the nation’s bright future and indicates the Nordic sky, with black recalling the past of the nation as well as the black earth, while white symbolizes aspiration of the people for enlightenment and alludes to the white snow and the summer light nights. The flag of Estonia stamp is the first Estonian self-adhesive postage stamp with non-traditional perforation.

Issue Date: 05.03.2014 Designer: Indrek Ilves Printer: AS Vaba Maa Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 32.4 x 26.5 mm Values: €2.00

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