"Pro Filatelia"

On October 15, 1931 the stamp that came to be known as "Pro Filatelia" was offered for sale in various Post offices in Finland. The price of the stamp was 1 mark but had a surcharge of 4 marks. Despite the high price of the each individual stamp the entire order was sold out in a very short period of time. This semi-postage stamp raised 370,000 marks for one of the most unique reasons to come about in world postage stamp history. 92,500 "pro Filatelia" stamps were printed to buy a stamp collection.

Mr. Richard Granberg had the finest collection of Finnish "entires" in the entire world in 1931. It was painstakingly researched and put together over a period of many years and was complete in every detail. It contained many fine stamps according to Carl E. Pelander. He wrote in the Scott's Monthly Journal, February, 1936:

"Among the many fine specimens are 6 unused 1845 Porto Stempel, 10 kop. value and many used copies, 3 "entires" of the 20 kop. red, of which only 9 are known to exist. Among the 1845 "entires" all of the known watermarks, including and rare 'Bees and Beehive', are well represented. Perhaps the greatest rarity is the 20 kop. Black entire, of which only 2 copies are known to exist."

Mr. Granberg, in 1931, offered to sell the entire collection to the Finnish Postal Museum in Helsinki. The Government had no means to purchase the collection. Thus, the ruling body authorized "the Philatelic association of Finland to issue and Place into circulation 100,000 stamps and with the proceeds from sale of said stamp, purchase this collection for the Postal-Museum."

The stamp is black and is a reproduction of the 10 kop, Porto Stempel of 1845. It was rouletted 41/2.



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