Friday, 28 October 2011

LIGHTHOUSE MAXIMUM CARD FROM ALAND

My friend Eeva sent this beautiful maximum card to my collection. Thanks a lot!!!
Finland celebrates the centenary of Finnish comics issuing a miniature sheet of six stamps on September 5, 2011. The first comic book in Finland was published in 1911 “Professori Itikaisen tutkimusretki “ (The Expedition of Professor Itikainen),written and drawn by Ilmari Vainio. The pictorial stamps include popular characters from the first six decades of Finnish comics from the 1910s to the 1960s. The 1910s are represented by Ola Fogelberg's Janne Ankkanen which was published in Suomen Kuvalehti and later in Kansan Kuvalehti.  For the 1930s, the stamp sheet features  Herra Kerhonen, whose author, Gösta Thilén, is regarded as one of the masters of wordless comics.
On February 27th, 2008 Finland issued a self adhesive stamp showing the “Sweet Pea” (Lathyrus odoratus), an annual climbing plant with large blossoms. In embossed Braille on the stamp “1 lk. kl” – means “first class” in Finnish. 
Åland is an archipelago lying off the southwestern corner of Finland and stretching across the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia from the Baltic Sea. The great majority of the residents are Swedish by language and heritage (the islands were part of Sweden until 1809). Åland is an autonomous province of Finland, has its own national flag and issues its own postage stamps.

Åland Postal Service issued on June 6, 2008 four lighthouse stamps and their respective maximum cards. The Kökarsören Lighthouse was a square skeletal tower built in 1906 and located atop a small island about 10 km (6 mi) southeast of the city of Kökar.  In 1983, the lighthouse had deteriorated to such a degree that it had to be demolished and replaced by a modern lighthouse. The postcard depicts the original skeletal lighthouse and the engraved stamp brings in its background a map and the position of the tower (59 46,1 N 21 01,3 E). 

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