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POSTMARKS COVERS & POSTAL HISTORY of the STOCKHOLM POST OFFICE

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. Stockholm is the most popular city in Sweden and on the Scandinavian peninsula, with a population of 871,952 in the municipality (2010), 1,372,565 in the urban area (2010), and 2,119,760 in the metropolitan area (2010). As of 2010, the Stockholm metropolitan area is home to approximately 22% of Sweden's population. Founded in c. 1250, possibly as early as 1187, Stockholm has long been one of Sweden's cultural, media, political, and economic centres. Its strategic location spread across 14 islands on the coast in the south-east of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago, has been historically important. Stockholm is the seat of the national government, the Riksdag, the two highest courts in the judiciary (Supreme Court & Supreme Administrative Court), and the official residence of the Swedish Monarch as well as the Prime Minister. Since 1980, King Carl XVI Gustaf has had his actual residence at Drottningholm Palace in Ekerö Municipality outside of Stockholm and uses the Stockholm Palace as his workplace and official residence. The Government has its seat in Rosenbad and the Riksdag in the Parliament House.

20th century

Sorted by year of cancel.

STOCKHOLM 16 RBT C13 Rodbodtorget or Red Bodarnes Square, named after an area of red grain stores near the docks, 1907.
This cancel is for official mail, 1912
STOCKHOLM 1 AFG C1- A, 1913
STOCKHOLM 15 + ARSENALSG This is a small post office cancel on Arsenalsgatan a street in Stockholm, 1919
STOCKHOLM 1 ★ AVG ★ AVG=avgående meaning departing cancel on a Latvia stamp (most likely posted onboard a ship bound for Latvia per UPU rules.) 1928
STOCKHOLM 10 in 1936
STOCKHOLM 2 Packet Post handstamps 1937
STOCKHOLM 3 in 1938
STOCKHOLM ZAN in 1950.
STOCKHOLM 46 - RIKSDAGEN Cancellation used in the Swedish Parliament, 1952
STOCKHOLM 12 ★E★ 1952
STOCKHOLM 24, 1956
STOCKHOLM 26 ★B★, 1958

Commemorative Postmarks

Old town market days 27 Apr 1974, used 27-28 Apr 1974
Merry Christmas, visit of Santa Claus in the post museum 14 Dec 1997
Music in Sweden, Stockholm 1 Oct 1983

19th century

A faked copy of the Tre Skilling yellow Postmark Stockholm 1857.
STOCKHOLM SÖDER in 1874.
In 1883 on Official stamp.
STOCKHOLM in 1885.
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STOCKHOLM in 1886.
STOCKHOLM S in 1892.
STOCKHOLM in 1889.
STOCKHOLM SOD= This cancel is from the South Stockholm office "Södra" meaning South, 1891
STOCKHOLM in 1889.
1 KR DC at STOCKHOLM S, ultramarine (?) & brown in 1892 MiD11Bb
10 öre Sweden Official stamp issue 1885, DC cancelled at STOCKHOLM S on 5 June 1893. Michel N°D5B.
STOCKHOLM C. 5. in 1895.
DC STOCKHOLM S in 1896
DC STOCKHOLM N a transit postmark used on mail going to Finland, 1897
STOCKHOLM 1 AFG cancel with A1 timecode, codes used were A1 to A23

Trial handstamps

EXPERIMENTAL FÄLTET of STOCKHOLM 51
EXPERIMENTALFÄLTET used in Stockholm, later changed to using the STOCKHOLM 51 handstamp) 1912

Meter cancels

1927
Meter cancel 1931
Meter cancel 1932
Meter cancel 1936
Meter cancel 1937
Meter cancel 1938
Meter cancel 1939
Meter cancel 1939
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Covers with Meter cancels

Meter cancel 1960
Meter cancel 1960

Covers and cards

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Stockholm Södermalm bridge type cancels. On 1907 Postal card Brevkort to Zierikzee, Holland. 1907.
Stockholm 2 II PULP on business cover. 1921.
Stockholm 1 ANK E on a Katrineholm LBr 1922 Returned mail insufficient address. 1922.
Cover sent from Stockholm to Goteborg 1929.
Stockholm 1 AVG 1930 Exhibition Roller Cancel Type 35 subtype XXVII Cancel reads STOCKHOLMSUTSTALLNINGEN 1930 / MAJ - SEPTEMBER
Stockholm 1 ★.P.F.F.S.★ special handstamp 1938 - PFFS a handstamp used for Post Office Postage Stamps Expedition for collectors. It was in limited use for only a few years. 1938.
Stockholm 1 ★AVG UTR B ★ another 'Utrikes' foreign mail. 1940.
Registered First Day Cover sent from Stockholm 14 office to Helsingborg, to be collected at a particular office in the town. 1948.
Stockholm LIC.446 Meter cancel for Las Roster Radio, Radio Sweden. 1950.
Stockholm S:t Eriksmässan cancel on post card. 1965.
Stockholm UTR Misdirected to Sweden Cancel on an Estonia cover adressed for the UK. UTR means Utrikes which means Foreign a type of cancel used on mail coming into Sweden. 1994.


19th century

4 Skilling-banco on folded printed circular from Stockholm to Eskituna sent 4 March 1856.
3 Ore on folded letter sent within Stockholm on 18 July 1871.
10 öre stationery (+ Mi28+34) from Stockholm to Beirut (Syrien), now Lebanon in 1890. Sold 750 SF in 2000 by Corinphila.

The Stockholm Post Office

Although the Posts in Sweden date back to the 16th C. The Post office had no defined building, instead numerous small post handling building that had sprung up and around the city were doing the task of distribution and delivery of the posts. Many local posts took mail for the immediate residents and delivered them at a small fee.

The 1903 Postal Office Stockholm.


Being the capital city of Sweden the development of the post office in Stockholm, was an essential part of the expansion of the posts. As volumes increased the need for a General Post Office building was required this was designed by F Broberg and work started on the building in 1898. It took 6 years to build and is constructed from red granite. Most of the mails were transferred by both Rail and Sea. One area of Stockholm that had links to both was the Red Barns or Rödbotorget area. This was the main shipping dock and the rail system was not far by road. An ideal place for the main post office to be build.

1903 issued stamp featuring the Post Office.

The General Post Office building has been featured on the Sweden Posthuset stamp issued in 1903. The stamp itself was also designed by Frederick Broberg and engraved by P Wilcke. It was printer by the Copperplate recess method and had a Crown & Banner postmark. The complex watermark included the 5 of its value to try and prevent fraudulent copies as it was a high value stamp. More can be read on the building itself at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Post_Office_Building_%28Stockholm%29

Sub-Offices

Stockholm-Enskede-Årsta-Vantör

Now known collectively Enskede-Årsta-Vantör is a borough (stadsdelsområde) in the southern part of Stockholm

The districts that make up the borough are Enskedefältet, Enskede Gård, Gamla Enskede, Johanneshov, Stureby, Årsta, Östberga, Bandhagen, Högdalen, Örby, Rågsved and Hagsätra.

The borough was formed in January 2007 from the old boroughs Enskede-Årsta and Vantör.

Cancellation of Stockholm-Årsta district AVG7 in 1993

Foreign Mails

Stockholm being a major shipping port as well as the capital, received a lot of 'Ship Mail'. Which came in posted on board ship and therefore uncancelled. A number of the main Port Post Offices used special handstamps and cancels to mark such letters. Fran Finland on the following cover denotes that it has come from Finland, as the Finnish stamps used suggest.

Finland Cancelled in Stockholm. The cancels used at the post office in 1894 were the type 39 dotted circle and inner ring with two figure year. The Stockholm N cancel has both ANK and AFD descriptors which denotes that it came to the 'Arrivals Department' of the Foreign post section of the post office.
It was in use from 1891.
Stockholm Receiving marks 'Stockholm 5 TUR' Delivery (of that day) number handstamp and a Foreign Control stamp of Stockholm K.E. (Kontrollkontor)
STOCKHOLM KE (Control Stamp) on incoming postal card Från FINLAND (From Finland) 1886.

Cash on Delivery (COD)/ Money Value

Sweden had a large insured letter volume, for cash on delivery of post. This was either for the collection of money or for payment of money upon presentation.

Stockholm 16 ★VARDE AVG★ on a 1944 registered & insured letter. VARDE indicates the letter has a 'value' the green label is a control label applied to say that it had been checked prior to sealing for value. The letter was censored on its way to the USA
Stockholm 2 AVG LBR on a Cash on Delivery (COD) Brefkort. The Orange label is to signify it has been insured. The amount to be paid on delivery is 3kr 25 ore
Stockholm 2 ★ AVG ★ 1921 Money Order slip for 100 Kr payable within 1 month of the date of the postmark.

Parcel and Packet Post

The Parcel Post system was well introduced in early Sweden, and gave the population an efficient and quick way to send parcels to family/friends and inter-business in a low density populated country. The Rail network played an essential part in its development.

Grotesk, blue Stockholm PAKET cancel type 17 a1. In 1883
Antiqua Stockholm St PAKET cancel in 1895.
Antiqua Stockholm C PAKET in 1896.
Grotesk Stockholm STA: PAKET cancel type ? in 1879? 1897?

Covers

Stockholm BAN ★PAK★ANK★ cancel (Type 58 V1 used from 1926-) on a Domestic Parcel Address Card. Sent from Stockholm to Axvall then redirected to Skövde 1933. Registered Stockholm Ban #4686 label. Forwarding fee of 90 öre (Lösen=Due stamp) applied but not collected.

Ångbåtspost Steam Boat Cancels

Steamboat mails started in 1869, when the Postmaster Director General drew up a contract with the Captain of a ship on the Darsland Canal. The success of this led to the formation of the Ångbåtspost system in Sweden.

ÅNGBÅTS PXP No 163 used on the Stockholm - Norrtälje Route.

Railway Cancels

1978

Stockholm-Spanga Spanga had rail-links to Stockholm and was designated the PLK329 C cancel used on the line from 1908-1915.

PLK329 C

Views of the Town on Stamps

1962 issue featuring the interior of the Stockholm Cathedral. The Cathedral is situated on the Stadsholmen Island in Stockholm The area is known as Gamla Stan or 'Old Town'