The stamp was issued in 1923, and
reflects the territory of Estonia at that time. The line represent the
state-owned railroads; the lake right side of the map is Lake Chudskoe
or Peipus. The islands Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, Muhumaa, and Vormosi are
partially obscured by the numeral 2 of the post mark off the west
coast of Estonia, and the black dot under the "I" of EESTI designates
the capital Tallinn (Revel from 1219 to 1917).
Estonia is one of the three Baltic States which, with Lithuania and
Latvia, achieved independence from the USSR in 1991. In the same year
it issued this stamp, as one of a two stamp set, which shows a
silhouette map of Europe with Estonia shaded green at 58°N, longitude
26°E. The inset map shows a silhouette map shaded green of Estonia
with the location of Tallinn, the capital. indicated.