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7 · Th 2011 The 2011 Christmas stamp was photographed by Helene Schmitz, known for her exceptional flower photos.

14 · Anette Gustafsson has designed the Åland stamp featuring the 2011 Europa theme Forests.

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1 16 · We can acquaint ourselves with three classic superheroes in this year's stamp booklet.

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Åland champagne delirium

The world's probably oldest champagne can be found in Åland. Rarely has champagne sparkled so brightly. Thanks to the valuable bubbles our little island province has caught the attention of experts from all around the world. It is a well-known fact amongst divers that a great many shipwrecks can be found in the Åland archipelago, but that any one of these should hide a treasure for almost 200 years is nothing short of a sensation! Åland Post focuses on this extraordinary find with the issue of a champagne stamp in June, when also some of these unique bottles will be put off for auction.

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Editorial Staff Most beautiful 2010 stamp The Post now on Facebook New staff at Stamps Chronicle: Annika Kullman Åland Scenery presentation pack Focusing on the flower Åland almost covered by forest Superheroes with Åland roots Åland apples Pioneers in potato chips in Finland Amanda combines Mexico and Åland Unique champagne on stamp Beach volleyball featuring world stars Kökar and Jomala Calendar 2 2 4 4 5 5 6 7 14 16 20 22 24 28 30 32 35

14 · Anette Gustafsson has designed the Åland stamp featuring the 2011 Europa theme Forests.

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T R A N S L AT I O N

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C OV E R P H OTO

Erika Gerdemark The publishers reserve the right to make changes to the information contained in this publication.

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NEWS

Kobba klintar most beautiful in 2010

he most beautiful Åland 2010 stamp has now been picked out. he winner is artist uha ykäläinen's ordic stamp ife at the Coast featuring obba klintar with 779 votes of a total of 1704 votes.

In second place came the Åland Scenery stamps with motifs from Sund and Eckerö (173 votes) whereas the Europa stamp Sandvargen on the theme Children's books came in third with 123 votes. Our congratulations to the following voters who were picked in our draw:

J A A N A V I L K K I , Helsinki, Finland A I M O A A LT O N E N , Salo, Finland M AT S E R I K S S O N , Uppsala, Sweden N O R B E R T A P E LT , Soltau, Germany A N D R E J N E U M A N N , Stadtallendorf, Germany J U L E S P I C A R D , Zoersel, Belgium

The Post now on Facebook

Are you on Facebook? If so, visit our page to read our latest updates and acquaint yourself with stamp issues, events, special offers and much more. Still not a member of Facebook? Joining is easy and free! It is worth your while to like Åland Post Stamps on Facebook!

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NEW STAFF AT STAMPS

The day I plundered a collection of stamps

CHRONICLE

ANNIKA KULLMAN Journalist

Alexandra Karlsson

Since last autumn, Alexandra Karlsson, 26, works at Stamps. She succeeds Samuel Miiros as co-ordinator of domestic sales. Alexandra has a Master's degree in international marketing from Mälardalen University in Västerås, Sweden, and she earlier held a position as purchasing assistant at the shipping company Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö. Alexandra is in charge of the coordination of Åland Post's participation in stamp exhibitions in Finland and of the local Åland arrangements in connection with each stamp issue. In addition, Alexandra works with the purchase of certain products such as model vans and coin sets.

"H O W A R E W E S U P P O S E D T O S E N D our letters without stamps?" Lisa looks at me with big eyes. Our friendship grew while we were waiting for the school bus. She tricked me into eating resin and I persuaded her into swinging over a ditch by a thin branch. We were the only ones in class permitted to borrow two books at the same time from the school library. But our rich imagination was what mostly bound us together.

I D O N O T R E C A L L H O W O U R F A S C I N AT I O N

Linda Eriksson

Linda Eriksson, 28, stands in for Gunilla Häggblom during Gunilla's absence throughout 2011 and will be working with our customer service in German. Linda will also be responsible for the translation into German of our magazine Ålandsposten Frimärken, our homepage, folders and product texts. Linda has a Master's degree in German with the main emphasis on law from the University of Stockholm.

for Kiribati started. Perhaps when we saw the flag of that little island nation in the atlas. A bird flying above a golden sun. Red sky and blue ocean. We soon fabricated a Kiribati alphabet and carved it on a piece of wood. I imagined having a brother there, far away. How that had come about, I'm not sure. Lisa had a number of girlfriends with black shiny hair flowing down the back. We pretended to speak in Kiribati during lunch breaks, and I believe that we did in fact understand each other. You know, in a way only children do. And one day came when it was time to establish contacts with the Pacific Ocean. We wrote a few letters each, and not until we had closed the envelopes did the delicate question of postage pop up. We had no money. The project seemed doomed from the start but then Lisa came up with a brilliant idea. Her dad had a stamp collection! It didn't take us long to pick off some lovely stamps, which we affixed with the help of a glue stick. There was a letterbox at the local shop.

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for our school bus to arrive when the shop keeper suddenly exited, fastening his eyes on us. "The postman told me about some odd letters. Did you put them in the letterbox?" I no longer remember our reply, neither the destiny of the letters and I do not know if we plundered a valuable collection of stamps. I am certain, though, that we never received a reply from Kiribati.

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NEWS

Much-asked-for Åland Scenery pack

ome September, all 16 Åland municipalities will have been presented in our cenery stamp series. beautiful pack holding all 16 stamps and a great deal of information will then also be available.

The series featuring sceneries from the Åland municipalities has been extremely popular, and Åland collectors have chosen these stamps as the most beautiful Åland stamps on several occasions. Customers have inquired about a presentation pack with all 16 scenery stamps, so here it is. The Scenery stamps in the pack are cancelled 28.09.2011 with the various Åland post office postmarks. In addition to the mounted stamps, the eight-page pack also has a map of Åland and information about each municipality in four languages (Swedish, Finnish, English and German). An edition of 2 000 packs will be available as of 28 September at the price 20/pack.

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CHRISTMAS

flower

ERIKA GERDEMARK

FOCUSING ON THE

"I frequently recur to nature", says Helene Schmitz, the photographer behind this year's Christmas stamp depicting a hyacinth. She is universally recognized for her close-up pictures of flowers. At the moment, however, other motifs seem more tempting to her.

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You get 274 000 hits when you google Helene Schmitz. Narrow your search down to just photos and you get 70 000. As always on Google, not all 70 000 photos are directly linked with Helene, but it quickly becomes evident that Helene is known for her flower photos.

FILM IS INSPIRING

"I find inspiration in various films"

Helene has enjoyed photography since she was 12 years old and received a Kodak Instamatic camera. "I have studied film theory and art history", Helene tells. She has also studied law. "But law wasn't my cup of tea. The moment I started on my film and art studies, I knew that I had landed where I belong." She still finds inspiration in various films.

UNUSUAL ESSAY THEME

Helene wrote her Bachelor's thesis on the photographer Georg Oddner. "It was quite uncommon to write a thesis on a photographer when studying art history, and my Bachelor's essay was actually one of the first on the subject." The connection to photography thus became more evident to Helene, who had her first solo exhibition when she was 23.

IMPORTANT EXHIBITION

"After the exhibition, I was invited by Camera Obscura that wished to focus on Swedish woman photographers." Back then, in 1985, it was quite uncommon to bring out women working with photography. "In retrospect, I have come to realize the enormous importance of that show. Things have changed a bit since then; it is no longer equally unusual to be a woman and a photographer, but photography is no doubt still a field extremely dominated by men."

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Since that first important show in 1985, Helene has worked with a great variety of projects and she has had exhibitions around the world. Her first publication, "Blow up", presenting portraits of very large scale flowers, appeared in 2003. In 2007, her book "A Passion for Systems" with beautiful close-up shots of flowers appeared, a publication for which she was awarded nature photographer of the year by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Helene has been awarded nature photographer of the year by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Above, photos from her publications "Blow up" (top) and "A Passion for Systems" (bottom).

NATURE AND CULTURE

ERIKA GERDEMARK

Recently, Helene has abandoned close-up photography of flowers. "I concentrate on scenery photography at the moment", Helene

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Helene currently concentrates on a project focusing on scenery illustrations from South America.

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The Christmas stamp is Helene's first stamp for Åland Post.

" or the time being, I wish to concentrate on the omantic style"

relates as she compares her current project with the project Livingrooms that she fulfilled in 1994. Nature, however, is involved even in this project. "I focus on nature from a special perspective and take up the relation between nature and culture," she explains.

RELOCATING NATURE

"But I do intend to continue with flowers in the future", Helene promises. The photo projects differ when it comes to preparation and realization. "The flowers are always detached from their context; it makes the photos artificial. The light in the photos is not a natural type of light. I aim at giving the onlooker a sense of seeing the objects in a new way or, rather, as if for the first time."

CHRISTMAS STAMP FEATURING HYACINTH

The project will result in scenery illustrations from South America.

The Stamp Committee of Åland Post caught sight of Helene when she had her flower portraits on exhibition at the Åland Museum a few years back. Having decided upon the 2011 Christmas stamp theme, the Committee contacted Helene who accepted the commission. "Typical Christmas colours are not my favourite colours, so I was pleased when I realized that I was asked to shoot a white hyacinth".

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The first day cancel is designed as a hyacinth flower.

290 · CHRISTMAS 2011 D AT E O F I S S U E

7 October 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER

Helene Schmitz

EDITION

360 000

D E N O M I N AT I O N

Julpost (0.60)

PRICE FDC

1.20

S I Z E O F S TA M P

36 x 24.8 mm

SIZE OF SHEET

2 x 20 stamps

P E R F O R AT I O N

13 per 2 cm

PA P E R

102 g/m²

PRINTING METHOD

4-colour offset

PRINTING HOUSE

Southern Colour Print

The gutter of the stamp sheet is decorated with hyacinths.

HELENE SCHMITZ

A beautiful close-up photo of a white hyacinth illustrates the FDC.

Photographer Helene Schmitz was born in 1960 and lives and works in Stockholm. She has a B.A. in film theory and art history and has studied art in Stockholm at the Academy of Arts. She has also completed an intensive film workshop at New York University. Helene is internationally recognized for her close-up photos of flowers. In 2003 and 2007, she published two books on the same theme. The latter, "A passion for Systems", features photographs according to the sexual systems of Carl von Linné. This is Helene's first stamp for Åland Post.

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The hyacinth was photographed in the autumn of 2010, not the best time of the year when it comes to the supply of Christmas flowers. "But an excellent florist helped me and got hold of some very fine plants". She shot the photos for the Christmas stamp in the same way she shoots all her flower photos and is very pleased with the result.

LATEST PROJECT ALWAYS THE BEST

Helene finds it easy to choose her favourite project and motif. "I always like my latest work best", she admits, dead certain. However, among all previous projects, she still emphasizes Livingrooms, a project in which she photographed her parents' apartment, severely damaged in a devastating fire. The pictures

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National Geographics commissioned Helene to take photographs of carnivorous plants.

eventually formed an exhibition which was put up in Sweden, Finland and France at the end of the 1990s.

FUTURE DREAM PROJECTS

"I always like my latest work best"

In 2010, Helene shot photos of carnivorous plants on the commission of the international magazine National Geographics. Her vivid, brightly coloured and minimalist photos picture these plants from an incredibly fascinating angle. Whether Helene's future dream projects involve flowers and plants is not easily discerned. "I wish to travel in the desert", she replies abruptly, swiftly and secretively, leaving us all to speculate on the result of her next photographing project. 4

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Åland almost covered by forest

round 60 % of Åland is covered by forest. his year's uropa stamp theme therefore suits Åland ost perfectly! rtist nette ustafsson painted the picturesque edge of a forest.

More than 40 varieties of trees and shrubs can be found in the Åland forests, roughly speaking. Pineforests dominate the northern parts of Åland, whereas the southern parts consist of deciduous forests. On main Åland, we mostly find mixed forests.

THREE TYPES OF CONIFERS

types of deciduous trees are birch, alder, aspen, rowan, Swedish whitebeam, bird cherry and Finnish whitebeam. Guelder rose and the highly poisonous mezereon are dominating shrubs.

MOOSE AND ROE DEER

Spruce, pine and yew are three types of conifers native to Åland. Pine is the most common type of tree, both in dense forests and on bare cliffs. Spruce, on the other hand, needs nutritious soil to thrive.

MANY JUNIPERS

The moose is the largest of all types of animals living in the Åland forests. The estimated population of moose in Åland is 700. Introduced on the islands in the 1960s, the roe deer is also a frequent sight with an estimated Åland population of 15 000.

BIRDS IN THE FOREST

Common juniper, a shrub more than a tree, is also common in Åland. In the outer archipelago, junipers grow low, trailing along the cliffs, whereas the ones found in fertile soil are often tall and lofty.

MANY TYPES OF DECIDUOUS TREES

Other animals appearing in the Åland forests are mountain hare, squirrel, fox and various types of small rodents as well as martens. Common birds are crow, jay, great tit, raven, black grouse, woodcock, goshawk and buzzard. Thrushes and songbirds thrive in deciduous forests. 4

Noble trees such as ash, oak, elm, maple and lime tree are relatively common, ash being the most common species native to Åland. Other common

Sources: www.naturum.ax and www.ha.ax.

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281 · E U R O PA ­ F O R E S T S

The first day cancel features a conifer cone.

D AT E O F I S S U E

9 May 2011

ARTIST

Anette Gustafsson

EDITION

180 000

D E N O M I N AT I O N

Europa (0.85)

PRICE FDC

1.45

S I Z E O F S TA M P

35.4 x 26 mm

SIZE OF SHEET

2 x 20 stamps

P E R F O R AT I O N

13 per 2 cm

PA P E R

110 g/m²

PRINTING METHOD

4-colour offset

PRINTING HOUSE

Cartor Security Printing

A N E T T E G U S TA F S S O N

Anette Gustafsson has painted yet another forest motif for the first day cover and maximum card. The special cancel on the maximum card depicts the edge of a forest.

Artist Anette Gustafsson (born in 1966) is a watercolour and archipelago painter living and working in both Norrtälje, Sweden, and in Rödhamn in the outer archipelago of Åland half of the year. She is autodidact and has taken part in many separate as well as joint exhibitions. Her underwater paintings have been exhibited at the Underwater Festival "Mondial de l'image sousmarine -98" in Juan-Les-Pins, France. This is Anette's second stamp for Åland Post, the 2009 "Diving" stamp being her first.

The edge of a forest also decorates the gutter of the stamp sheet.

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282 · SUPERHEROES D AT E O F I S S U E

9 May 2011

ARTIST

Paul Gustafson

DESIGN

Cecilia Mattsson

EDITION

95 000 booklets

D E N O M I N AT I O N

The first day cancel is, naturally enough, designed as a speech bubble.

Världen (9 x 0.90)

PRICE FDC

3.30

S I Z E O F S TA M P S

32 x 36.5 mm

SIZE OF BOOKLET

107.1 x 117 mm, 3 x 3 motifs

PA P E R

98 g/m²

P E R F O R AT I O N

13 per 2 cm

PRINTING METHOD

4-colour offset

PRINTING HOUSE

Posten Sverige

PA U L G U S TA F S O N

The booklet holds a total of nine stamps, three of each motif. The cover of the booklet features all three superheroes appearing on the stamps.

Cartoonist Paul Gustafson (1916­ 1977), born in Saltvik, Åland, emigrated to the USA at the age of five. Paul graduated from Quentin High School and studied at Manhattan´s Cooper Union before he started apprenticing under cartoonist Frank Owen. He soon made a name for himself as a cartoonist. During Paul's years as a cartoonist, he created many different types of superheroes, some of which became wellknown. He ended his career as a cartoonist at the end of the 1950s to become a land surveyor for New York State. Paul was married to Gladys and they had three children.

The FDC is covered with comic strips, and we see The Fantom of the Fair save a woman.

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Superheroes with Åland roots

id you know that the creator behind many of the familiar cartoon superheroes of the 1940s and 1950s came from altvik, Åland? hree of his superheroes now appear in an Åland stamp booklet.

Paul Gustafson was born in 1916 in Saltvik. Like many other Ålanders of this époque, he emigrated to the USA with his family when he was five.

APPRENTICE

as a cartoonist but did not gain as much success as Paul. He later worked as a New York photographer.

FINISHED HIS CAREER

Having studied at Quentin High School and Manhattan´s Cooper Union, Paul spent some years apprenticing under cartoonist Frank Owen, whose wife, Vera, was also born in Åland. At the end of the 1930s, Paul made a name for himself as an independent cartoonist creating many characters, mainly superheroes, for Marvel Comics.

MANY SUPERHEROES

From 1942 to 1945, Paul took an intermission from drawing to do his World War II military service. At the end of the 1950s, he left his career as a cartoonist to become a land surveyor for New York State. However, he did continue to do comic drawings for the local newspaper in Warwick, New York, where he lived with his family.

STAMP BOOKLET

Most of Paul's comics were created between 1938 and 1946, some of them being: The Angel, The Arrow, Black Panter, A-man, Quicksilver, Magno, The Human Bomb, Blackhawk, Jester, Rusty Ryan and Midnight. He later focused on the comic strip Will Bragg. As a cartoonist, he sometimes signed his work Paul Earrol. Paul's brother Nils also worked

Paul Gustafson is known to have created a number of different types of superheroes. For the stamp booklet, Åland Post has chosen to present The Arrow, The Fantom of the Fair and Alias the Spider.

THE ARROW

The Arrow was first published in 1938 by Centaur Publications. His principal weapon was his bow and

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arrow, but he also fought crime and saboteurs without any weapon. He was one of the first superheroes to wear a mask. Together with Superman, who first appeared three months before The Arrow, he was one of the first costume heroes to fight crime using his specialist knowledge.

AN AGENT

aul ustafson has made a name for himself through his many different superheroes.

It would seem next to impossible to use bow and arrow indoors, but The Arrow was simply dead accurate and always managed splendidly. Initially, The Arrow had no private life, not even a name. Eventually, it was revealed that he was really agent Ralph Payne. The Arrow was one of Centaur's most long-lived heroes. He appeared in Funny Pages, in his own comic and in other comic papers until 1941.

THE FANTOM OF THE FAIR

were set fighting threats at the 1939 New York World's Fair, using his principal weapon, namely his ability to tamper with people's memories, for example through hypnosis. He did not display any extraordinary powers, but his clenched fists were incredibly forceful.

HEADQUARTERS BENEATH THE FAIR

The Fantom of the Fair was tied to the Fair in both location and purpose. His subterranean headquarters were equipped with a modern laboratory and located beneath the Fair, right next to an underground river. His mission was to protect visitors from the various criminal activities that swarmed around the Fair. Nothing has been learned of the Phantom's origins or his motives for protecting the Fair so vigorously.

CHANGED NAMES

The Fantom of the Fair was first published in 1939 by Centaur Publications. His early adventures

At this time, the New York World's Fair was a major event, and the Fantom of the Fair debuted shortly after the Fair got off the ground. As the Fair was winding down, the publisher attempted to keep the character alive by changing his name to Fantoman. His popularity faded, however, and the final issue was published at the end of 1940.

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Three maximum cards will also be issued in connection with the stamp issue. The cards show close-up comic panels from the strips involving the stamp superheroes.

ALIAS THE SPIDER

Alias the Spider was introduced in 1940 by Quality Comics (later to become DC Comics). His official name was Tom Hallaway, a playboy who had tired of seeing criminals harrassing and murdering honest citizens. Dressed in a yellow shirt and blue shorts, the Spider used his expert archery skills fighting crime and injustice. Apart from his bow, he was only assisted by his car "The Black Widow" and his valet Chuck, who served Tom in both of his identities.

SPECIAL ARROW

The special cancel used for the maximum cards.

He occasionally used a special arrow to shoot at the thugs' hand to disarm them. Alias the Spider was continued with completely different alter egos and superpowers even after Paul Gustafson stopped drawing the character.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alias_the_Spider, http://www.toonopedia. com/fantom.htm, http://www.toonopedia.com/arrow.htm and Nya Åland.

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283 AND 284 · ÅLAND APPLES, STRÖMMA D AT E O F I S S U E

The first day cancel has the shape of an apple.

7 June 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER

Andreas Dienert

EDITION

2 x 200 000

D E N O M I N AT I O N S

0.05 and 4.00

PRICE FDC

4.65

S I Z E O F S TA M P S

26.1 x 25.92 mm

SIZE OF SHEETS

2 x 20 stamps

PA P E R

102 g/m²

P E R F O R AT I O N

13 per 2 cm

PRINTING METHOD

On the first day cover, an Åland apple has been decoratively placed on a stump.

4-colour offset

PRINTING HOUSE

Joh. Enschedé Stamps

ANDREAS DIENERT

Artist, freelance photographer and musician Andreas Dienert was born in 1970 in Enskede, just outside Stockholm, Sweden, and presently commutes between Stockholm and Mariehamn. As a musician, he has been employed by the Gothenburg Opera, and as an artist he has had a number of solo exhibitions. Most of his time today is used doing freelance work as a photographer in Åland as well as in Stockholm. Andreas has previously designed the 2006 Europa stamp "Integration through children's eyes". More Åland apples decorate the gutter of both stamp sheets.

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land apples

he time has come for a new 5 cent stamp as well as a 4 euro stamp. oth stamps show the Åland apple cultivar trömma with an interesting story to tell.

More than 100 years ago, the Ålander Fridolf Sundberg began spreading his varieties of apples in Åland and the southern parts of Finland. On a farm in the village of Strömma in Hammarland, he discovered the Strömma cultivar. Fridolf grafted his different varieties of apples on crab apple trees in Örnäs in the municipality of Finström, where he settled with his wife Amanda.

FRUIT GROWING PIONEER

in Örnäs and yet another tree can be found just a few kilometres away. The apples on the stamps were photographed in Hammarland. Sven-Olof Sundberg, Fridolf and Amanda's grandson, today lives in Hasselbo close to Örnäs. He has a newly grafted Strömma apple tree in his garden.

HARDY AND NON-PERISHABLE

Amanda and Fridolf Sundberg successfully ran something of a model farm on never previously cultivated land. At the same time, Fridolf was a fruit growing pioneer, cultivating his own trees and importing varieties from Denmark, Sweden and Finland. In addition to producing a volume of approximately 1 000 trees per year for more than 20 years, he also imported berry bushes. Two of the trees planted by Fridolf are still standing

Strömma was grown commercially in Finland during the interwar period in the 1930s; however, the orchards got blighted by the frost during a few very cold winters. The trees growing in Åland today are resistant to frost and have stood for more than a hundred years. The Strömma apple can be stored for a long time, which is why Åland apple enthusiasts, headed by Sven-Olof, dream about reintroducing Strömma on the market again soon. 4

Source: Sven-Olof Sundberg

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Pioneers in potato chips in Finland

hips Ab was founded in Åland in 1969. he founders then did not know that, 30 years later, the organization would consist of an international group of companies with more than 1 300 employees in the ordic countries, the altic states and ussia.

The limited company Chips Ab was founded by three private initiators who wished to create a land-based industry to compensate for the considerable emigration from Åland at the time. Agriculture, fishing and commerce had long been the most important sources of income, and the initiators wanted to bring about an industry based on some type of local primary produce.

POTATOES CONSIDERED FOOD ONLY

CONSIDERABLE VENTURES

The Chips group got off the ground somewhat stumbling in the 1970s but, as of the 1980s, much happened when for example parts of the Swedish company OLW were acquired. In the 1990s, ventures were made in the Baltic and Russian markets. In 2005, Norwegian Orkla Asa took over the ownership for Chips Abp.

NORDIC COUNTRIES AND BALTIC STATES

One of the promoters had come across potato chips ("crisps" in UK) during his years of studies in the USA. By then, chips were already known in Sweden and Denmark, but in Åland and Finland, potatoes were considered to be merely food. Chips Ab was the first producer of potato chips in Finland. Since then, the Taffel brand continues to be a leader on the Finnish market.

HIGH QUALITY CHIPS POTATOES IN ÅLAND

Today, the domestic market of Chips Ab lies in the Nordic countries and the Baltic states but with local companies and local brands. Some of these are Chips (Finland), OLW (Sweden), Kims (Denmark and Norway) and Latfood (the Baltic states). The operations of Chips Finland are run from a factory situated in Haraldsby, Åland, a sales and marketing office located in Helsinki and a finance and economy department also located in Åland. 4

The Åland soil soon proved to be able to supply all the potatoes needed for the factory. The warming sea around Åland prolongs the growing season, an important factor for growing fine chips potatoes.

Sources: "Från knölar i marken till miljoner på banken" by Jörgen Pettersson and Anders Mattsson and www. chips.fi.

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The first day cancel is designed like a potato chip.

D AT E O F I S S U E

7 June 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER

Kjell Söderlund

EDITION

180 000

D E N O M I N AT I O N

0.85

PRICE FDC

1.45

S I Z E O F S TA M P

35 x 35 mm

SIZE OF SHEET

2 x 15 stamps

P E R F O R AT I O N

13 per 2 cm

PA P E R

102 g/m²

PRINTING METHOD

4-colour offset

PRINTING HOUSE

Joh. Enschedé Stamps

Potatoes, the raw material for chips, are featured on both sides of the FDC.

KJELL SÖDERLUND

Chips decorate the gutter of the stamp sheet. The type of chips featured on the sheet is Sourcreme and Onion.

Photographer Kjell Söderlund (born in 1968) works as a commercial photographer, mostly out of his studio. He became interested in photography during his studies, first and foremost nature photography. His interest developed from being just a hobby to becoming his occupation, and he has worked as a full-time photographer for 14 years. Kjell has created a number of stamps for Åland Post, some of which are the Åland scenery stamps, the 2006 My Stamps and the 2008 My Åland stamp. His latest production for Åland Post was the 2010 Åland Toys booklet.

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SOFIA CHANFREAU

Amanda lives in Mexico but always returns to Åland every summer.

Amanda Chanfreau went to Mexico in the autumn of 2008, intending to travel through the country and on to Central America. "But I soon became acquainted with a beautiful little town with a lovely lagoon. I stayed there for almost a year and, together with two friends and my then partner, I started a café. When we closed the café, it no longer felt natural for me to leave Mexico. I went home every

summer but always returned and I have now, during the last year or so, come to realize that Mexico is my new home. I now live in a larger city in southern Mexico where I also keep my studio." Amanda feels happy and at peace in her new home country. "I don't know exactly what affects me most ­ the culture, the nature, the food or the people. I just love this country!"

PREFERS TO TRAVEL ALONE

Before settling down in Mexico, Amanda used to travel a lot, e.g. in Europe, the Caribbean, North Africa and South America. She prefers to travel alone.

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AMANDA

FASCINATED BY FACES AND BODIES

COMBINES MEXICO AND ÅLAND

eciding to charge artist manda hanfreau with the task of designing

postal stationery cards illustrating Åland summer turned out to be a perfect choice! manda from Åland has found her new home in an ristóbal exico.

de as asas, situated in the mountain ut she could never do without the

region of hiapas in southern

Åland summer and returns every summer to the island where she grew up.

"Travelling alone is the perfect way for me to travel; it makes me more open towards everything and everyone, and you learn so much more than you do if you always have a travel companion to turn to."

ÅLAND CONTACT IMPORTANT

She finds inspiration for her paintings on her journeys. "I have processed my adventures abroad by painting. I always focus on the people I meet, I'm fascinated by faces and bodies, different expressions, people's destinies and the stories they tell." She does not travel quite as much any longer, but she still finds the foreign culture in which she lives very inspiring.

Amanda presently concentrates on creating a life in Mexico that works for her on both the private and professional level. "I'm developing my studio and making contacts. The contact with Finland and Åland is very important to me, and I wouldn't want to loose it. During my summer visits to Åland, I try to have exhibitions and establish contacts for future cooperation."

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P O S TA L S TAT I O N E R Y C A R D S , ÅLAND SUMMER D AT E O F I S S U E

9 May 2011

ARTIST

Amanda Chanfreau

EDITION

3 x 9 000

PRICE

1.90/card 5.70/set of three cards

SIZES

148 x 105 mm

PA P E R

Carta Integra 235 g

PRINTING METHOD

4-colour offset + UV-lacquer

PRINTING HOUSE

Waasa Graphics

The special cancel shows three women jumping for a dip.

AMANDA CHANFREAU

Amanda Chanfreau was born in 1983 in Helsinki and moved to Mariehamn with her family before starting in primary school. She began her art education with a one-year Nordic Art program at the Åland Folk High School before joining the Visual Arts program (2 years) at Wik Folk High School in Uppsala, Sweden. She continued to the Idun Lovén School of Art in Stockholm for one year, completing her studies with a 3-year Textile Art program at HV School. She devotes most of her time to painting but has also created costumes for dancing and performance, stage design, textile painting and sculptures in clay and concrete. Today, she works a great deal with photography, video and drawing. Amanda has had some ten exhibitions, mainly in Åland but also in Sweden. This is Amanda's first commission for Åland Post.

SOFIA CHANFREAU

The three postal stationery cards all have the theme Åland summer. Amanda Chanfreau has interpreted the theme in a surrealistic manner, letting fantasy meet reality. She has, indeed, succeeded in capturing the typical Åland atmosphere.

SOFIA CHANFREAU

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" see some sort of loving disrespect among Ålanders in the summer"

Amanda is presently developing her studio and making contacts in her new home country Mexico.

"I still strive to work with my art for people at home, at least to a certain extent, but I want to be able to perform my work here in Mexico. The Internet makes is very easy to stay in close contact with Finland and I can always send my work by post."

BELONGS IN MEXICO

She returns to Åland every summer. "I simply cannot bear a summer without a visit to Åland. Everything is so beautiful and people are so much happier in the summer. Many Ålanders return home from their studies that time of the year and people from all over the world come to visit Åland. There is so much creativity in Åland, so much will power. I fully enjoy my time in Åland, I recharge my batteries." However, Amanda would find it difficult to live full-time in Åland. "I have an urge to get about more and to have more diversity in my life. I love Åland but I feel in my heart that Mexico is where I belong."

FREEDOM AND JOY

"The illustration in green tones is a water reflection and it shows the silhouette of a large ship, perhaps Pommern, but with a clear human figure hanging the laundry in the mast! The blue-toned illustration, which features the night sky, shows a group of naked figures running along the jetty for a plunge, as if after the sauna. However, in stead of jumping into the water, they lift and take off towards the sky!"

LOVING DISRESPECT

The commission to feature Åland summer on three postal stationery cards was quite a challenge for Amanda, who usually finds inspiration from her journeys abroad and from foreign cultures. She now had to change her way of thinking. "I wanted to illustrate the sense of freedom and joy that I experience during my summer visits and, of course, the beautiful scenery." She took the sea, the rocks and the sky as her three starting points but, striking a more playful note, she added humour to each design.

The last design illustrates a rocky landscape with Åland red granite in the light of the sunset. "The shadow of a man, perhaps a fisherman, who is merrily dancing and juggling his fish, is falling on the rock." Neither illustration clearly shows the persons; the figures are either reflections, silhouettes or shadows. "But they do express the same type of joy and mischievousness that I myself experience, and which I imagine that I see in the Ålanders during the summer season, and also a sort of loving disrespect. 4

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nique champagne on stamp

n uly 2010, divers exploring an old shipwreck in the Åland archipelago made a most unlikely discovery. everal bottles of very old champagne were found onboard!

The discovery quickly gained world-wide publicity, and little Åland had suddenly become the location where what was thought to be the world's oldest champagne bottles had been found! The 145 champagne bottles have later been dated to be from around 1840. The bottles have now been identified to originate from the esteemed champagne houses of Veuve Clicquot, Juglar and Heidsieck. Champagne producer Jacquesson now operates the estate of the now defunct House of Juglar.

BOTTLES TO BE AUCTIONED OFF

off in a series of auctions in Åland. The first bottles will be auctioned off in June this year, and the Åland champagne stamp will be issued on the same day. Exactly how many bottles of champagne that will be auctioned off has not yet been announced. According to preliminary estimates by experts, the value of the champagne bottles is among the highest on the market. The world's leading champagne expert, Swedish Richard Juhlin, estimates that the champagne will fetch at least 50 000 per bottle.

HIGH-CLASS CHAMPAGNE

The shipwreck and the champagne find is owned by the local Åland Government and discussions run high about what to do with the bottles. It has been decided that some of the bottles will be auctioned

For having lain on the seabed for nearly twohundred years, the champagne was of a sensationally good quality, claim the experts who have tasted the bubbles.

ALEX DAWSON

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2 8 7 · T H E C H A M PA G N E F I N D D AT E O F I S S U E

June 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER

Kjell Söderlund

DESIGN

Cecilia Mattsson

EDITION

180 000

D E N O M I N AT I O N

Världen (0.90)

PRICE FDC

1.50

S I Z E O F S TA M P

36 x 36 mm

ALEX DAWSON

Nobody could have a clue that some of the world's oldest Champagne was resting on the bottom of the sea in the Åland archipelago for several hundred years.

SIZE OF SHEET

2 x 15 stamps

P E R F O R AT I O N

13 per 2 cm

PA P E R

105 g/m2

PRINTING METHOD

"A high-class and exclusive champagne has been salvaged from the depths of the ocean. The sampled champagne has a delicious freshness and intense aroma", says Richard Juhlin, who sampled the bottles.

MONEY FOR ENVIRONMENT

4-colour offset

PRINTING HOUSE

The Lowe Martin Group Neither the motif nor the details or the date of issue had been decided upon when this article was written. Information about the issue will be made available on the Post's homepage at www.posten.ax and in the next edition of Ålandsposten Frimärken.

Some of the champagne, which is not top-quality, will be mixed with younger vintages and sold as new champagne. From one ancient bottle, 70 bottles of new exclusive champagne can be produced. The net revenue will be earmarked for maritime archaeological as well as environmental causes with regards to the Baltic Sea. The overall ambition is to maximize the marketing effects for the Åland Islands.

BEER ONBOARD

ABOUT THE SHIP

A number of beer bottles were also discovered onboard the wreck. An analysis of the contents has been made with the purpose to recreate the almost 200-year-old beer. Experts believe that selling the original bottles of beer will fetch a considerable amount of money, even if the beer does not taste good.

OIL JUG AND PLATES

Apart from the bottles, several other interesting artefacts have been recovered from the old schooner, some of which have been protection salvaged. Among the objects that were salvaged were an oil jug filled with olive oil, two octants and three porcelain plates. Onboard the wreck is also a unique and unusually well preserved oven. 4

Sources: www.museum.ax and www.nyan.ax.

The ship on which the champagne was found is a two-masted schooner with an approximately 21.5 meter long and 6.5 meter broad hull. The ship has been preliminarily dated to the beginning of the1800s. This Nordic ship is presumed to have taken in cargo somewhere between Bremen and Rostock. The final destination for the champagne cargo is unknown ­ it may have been destined for some trading house or even the imperial court at St Petersburg. Further dives are planned this summer.

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286 · MY STAMPS ­ BEACH VOLLEYBALL D AT E O F I S S U E

16 August 2011

ARTIST

The first day cancel is, of course, designed as a beach volleyball.

Catharina Nygård

D E N O M I N AT I O N

Världen (0.90)

PRICE OF SHEET

7.20 (8 stamps)

PRICE FDC

1.50

S I Z E O F S TA M P

29 x 42 mm

SIZE OF SHEET

145 x 105 mm, 8 x 1 motif

PA P E R

135 g/m²

P E R F O R AT I O N

The maximum card shows two men at playing and the special cancel is designed as a net.

13 per 2 cm

PRINTING METHOD

4-colour offset

PRINTING HOUSE

Joh. Enschedé Stamps

C AT H A R I N A N Y G Å R D

Illustrator Catharina Nygård was born in 1966 and raised in Pietarsaari, Finland. Having attended a two-year study program at an art school in Uusikaarlepyy (1983­1985), she studied painting at Turku School of Fine Arts (1985­ 1988). Having moved to Stockholm, she studied photography. Catharina now works full-time as an illustrator for various children's magazines such as Eos and Kamratposten and for adult journals, some of which are Journalisten, Kosmetik and Familjedaghem. Her work includes commissions for book publishers and she illustrates text books and children's books alike. In addition, Catharina has published her own children's books together with author Solja Krapu. This is Catharina's first stamp for Åland Post.

ANDREAS DIENERT

A net also forms the background of the minisheet.

Catharina has illustrated the first day cover with a volleyball player. On the back of the cover we see a player giving a special sign to one of his co-players.

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Beach volleyball featuring world stars

his ugust, the fourth edition of the beach volleyball tournament ost focuses on the event with the af pen will be arranged in Åland. he y tamps issue.

Paf Open is a tournament for men and women on the international world tour of beach volleyball ­ Swatch FIVB World Tour. Paf Open was first arranged in August 2007, but the organizers refrained from arranging the event in 2008 as it collided with the Olympic Games in Beijing. Since then, Paf Open has become a recurrent event in Åland each summer.

WORLD ELITE GATHERS

The competition is broadcasted in Finland and Sweden as well as internationally. The players are competing for 380 000 US dollar of prize money and valuable ranking points being awarded and included in the rating for the world rankings and for the World Championships and Olympic Games. Beach volleyball is the most equal of all sports due to the equal split of prize money and TV hours between men and women since 1998.

CREATE YOUR OWN STAMPS

Paf Open has developed into a popular festival with many visitors, Ålanders and tourists alike. The event is hosted at the Arkipelag Arena in the town centre of Mariehamn and gathers the very best world-class players from all over the world.

EQUAL SPORT

Paf Open is exceptional thanks to the fact that it is the only event on the Swatch FIVB World Tour that is hosted by two countries ­ Finland and Sweden.

The Beach volleyball stamp is part of the My Stamps series. You, too, can create a stamp with an image of your choice, placed within the official My Stamps frame. All My Stamps can be used like ordinary stamps. Read more about My Stamps on the Post's homepage at www.posten.ax and order the stamps in the web shop. 4

Source: www.pafopen.com

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ökar and omala

he time has come to complete our Åland scenery series. he final two municipalities to be featured are the archipelago municipality of ökar and Åland's largest municipality, omala.

Kökar is an island situated in the outskirts of the Åland archipelago and also the southernmost Åland municipality. Kökar has a population of 260, living in seven villages, and the municipality covers an area of 804 km² of which only 57 km² is land.

PIRATE SHIP IN THE CHURCH

for the entire archipelago. Relics from the Early Middle Ages have been excavated but the peak of the activities was reached in the 15th century under the leadership of Franciscan munks.

STAMP PICTURE FROM HAMNÖ

Like all Åland municipalities, Kökar is a popular place for tourists to visit. Many come here to visit the Otterböte Bronze Age site, an ancient settlement for seal hunters. Close by, located on Hamnö, we find the church of Kökar, dedicated to St. Anne. A peculiar votive ship, a model of an ornamented pirate ship with 64 cannons, hangs in the church.

CULTURAL CENTRE

Archaeological excavations and remains from Hamnö on display in the monastery cellar are some of the most interesting to be viewed in the Åland archipelago. Hamnö is also where photographer Andy Horner shot the photo for the stamp.

ROCK FORMATION ON KÄLLSKÄR

Kökar may seem out-of-the-way today. However, in the Middle Ages, the important fairway between Sweden and Finland and the Baltic states passed by Kökar. This was the reason for erecting a church as well as a monastery, and the island of Hamnö gradually became a spiritual and cultural centre

Best known among the sights in Kökar is the island of Källskär. Despite its broken landscape and exposed position, the island has been creatively developed with a harbour, several buildings and a lovely garden. Tove Jansson's painting, featured on a 2007 stamp, was previously on display on Källskär. This is also where the Pitcher of Källskär can be admired, a nature phenomenon formed by the rotation of large boulders in the whirls of glacier waters running under the ice.

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288 AND 289 · Å L A N D S C E N E R Y, KÖKAR AND JOMALA D AT E O F I S S U E

28 September 2011

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Andy Horner (Kökar) Kjell Söderlund (Jomala)

EDITION

2 x 180 000

D E N O M I N AT I O N S

Inrikes (0.75) (Kökar) Europa (0.85) (Jomala) (Sepac)

PRICE FDC

1.35 (Kökar) 1.45 (Jomala)

S I Z E O F S TA M P S

31.75 x 36.51 mm

SIZE OF SHEETS

2 x 15 stamps Lovely waterscapes featuring cliffs and rocks decorate the two first day covers.

P E R F O R AT I O N

13 per 2 cm

PA P E R

135 g/m²

PRINTING METHOD

4-colour offset

PRINTING HOUSE

The Lowe Martin Group

A N DY H O R N E R

The centre part of the Kökar stamp sheet is decorated by dried desiccated flowers whereas gulls adorn the Jomala gutter strip.

Photographer Andy Horner was born and raised in northern England. He is a trained textile designer and has a degree in Scandinavian languages. He moved to Åland in 1991 and now holds the position of senior master of the photography study programme at Åland Folk High School. Andy freelances as a nature photographer and has published three photography books. He gives talks regularly in all the Nordic countries and is one of three photographers shooting pictures for the Åland scenery stamps.

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MANY NATURE EXPERIENCES

The Kökar first day cancel is a dried flower and the Jomala cancel features sea gulls.

Jomala has a population of some 4 000 living in 32 villages. The municipality covers an area of 142 km² of land and 589 km² of water. Located in the middle of main Åland, the municipality offers a variety of nature experiences. Kjell Söderlund shot the stamp photo at Hammarudda on the border of the Åland Sea. In Jomala, however, we also find open fields, deciduous woodland meadows and Ice Age formations.

SITE OF MANY FINDS

KJELL SÖDERLUND

It is not known from where the name Jomala originates but theories suggest that "jom" comes from the name of the Viking god Jom and that "ala" means "place". Therefore, Jomala would mean "the place where Jom is worshipped". Prehistoric sites have been found in Jomala, just like in Kökar. Jettböle, a Stone-Age settlement dated to approx. 2500­2000 B.C., is one of the most renowned ancient sites in Finland, where most findings have been discovered.

BATTERY FROM WORLD WAR I

Photographer Kjell Söderlund (born in 1968) works as a commercial photographer, mostly out of his studio. During his studies, he became interested in photography, first and foremost nature photography. His interest developed from being just a hobby to becoming his occupation, and he has worked as a full-time photographer for 14 years. Kjell has created a number of stamps for Åland Post, some of which are the Åland scenery stamps, the 2006 My Stamps and the 2008 My Åland stamp. His most recent commission for Åland Post was the 2010 Åland Toys booklet.

Another sight to visit in Jomala is the Kungsö coast battery, one of ten coastal fortifications built by the Russians in Åland during The First World War. The battery was situated 32 meters above sea level, on the highest point of Dalsberg, and included dwellings for approximately 100 men. In the beginning of March 1918, the battery was evacuated when Finnish, Swedish and German troops invaded Åland. It was demolished in 1919 by German troops and Finnish civilian workers. But evidence of the coastal battery still remains; the road, the foundation of the buildings and the ruins of the battery bulwark, which was blown to pieces. A model of the original battery can be viewed on the spot. 4

Sources: www.kokar.ax, www.jomala.ax and www.regeringen.ax/museum.

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2011 Issues

1 February 1 February 21 February 1 April 9 May 9 May 9 May 9 May 9 May 7 June 7 June 16 August 16 August June 28 September 7 October 7 October Buoyage, Buoys Passenger ferries Mariehamn 150 years Åland cosmopolites Europa ­ Forests Forests Åland summer Superheroes Superheroes Åland apples Potato chips My stamps, Beach volleyball Beach volleyball The champagne find Åland sceney, Kökar and Jomala Christmas 2011 Christmas seals 2 stamps 1 miniature sheet 1 stamp 1 stamp 1 maximum card

CALENDAR

Postal label, FRAMA

3 postal stationery cards Booklet, 3 motifs, 9 stamps 3 maximum cards 2 stamps 1 stamp Mini-sheet, 1 motif, 8 stamps 1 maximum card 1 stamp 2 stamps 1 stamp Sheet of 20 self-adhesive seals

Deliveries and deadlines

DELIVERY NUMBER DEADLINE SUBSC. CHANGES DELIVERY CONTENTS

1-2011

1 March

April

Postal label, Passenger ferries, Mariehamn 150 Years (miniature sheet), Åland cosmopolites Europa, postal stationery, Superheroes (booklet), Åland apples, Potato chips, 4 maximum cards My stamps (mini-sheet), The champagne find, Åland scenery ­ Kökar and Jomala, Christmas, 1 maximum card Year Sets, packs, Christmas seals and decorations, Luxe year pages etc.

2-2011

2 May

June

3-2011

5 September

October

4-2011

24 October

November

Other standing order deliveries

PRODUCT DELIVERY

(NOTE! PRELIMINARY TIMES OF DELIVERY) DELIVERY

PRODUCT

Passenger ferries, album sheets Euro coin set 2011 Model van no. 24 Stamp watch no. 9

February February May June

Art plate no. 15 Åland Year Book 2010­2011 SEPAC folder Art plate no. 16

June November November December

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CALENDAR

2011 Exhibitions

Åland Post Stamps takes part in the 2011 exhibitions listed below. The list is not final and additions and alterations are likely to be made. A complete and updated list of exhibitions will be available at www.posten.ax.

TURUN KEVÄT INT. BRIEFMARKENMESSE HOFI 2011 INT. BRIEFMARKENBÖRSE

Turku, Finland 5­6 March

NORDIA 2011

Essen, Germany 5­7 May

FRIMÄRKETS DAG

Horsens, Denmark 10­11 September

FRIMÄRKS- OCH VYKORTSMÄSSA

Sindelfingen, Germany, 27­29 October

MONACOPHIL 2011

Jyväskylä, Finland 1­3 April

FRIMYNT

Stockholm, Sweden 27 August

STAMPS IN SVEDALA

Norrtälje, Sweden 3 October

JF50V.

Monaco 2­4 December

Helsingborg, Sweden 16 April

Svedala, Sweden 10­11 September

Järvenpää, Finland 7­9 October

An exhibition card, cancellation and stamp will be available at all these exhibitions. The 2011 theme of the exhibition products is Pastry, and Alexander Lindén is the artist.

Special cancellations 2011

The following 2011 events will be issued with special cancellations:

17.3 ÅLAND CANCER ASSOCIATION 25 YEARS 5.8 FRIENDS OF STEINER EDUCATION IN ÅLAND 20 YEARS MARIEHAMN 150 YEARS MARIEHAMN 150 YEARS MARIEHAMN 150 YEARS BEACH VOLLEYBALL (MAXIMUM CARD) STAMP DAY 9.5 9.5 9.6 16.6 18.6 SUPERHEROES (MAXIMUM CARDS) FORESTS (MAXIMUM CARD) NYA ÅLAND 30 YEARS HILDA ERIKSSON 120 YEARS POSTAL BOAT RACE 11.8 12.8 13.8 16.8 7.10

Additions to the above list may be made and will, if this is the case, be listed in the next edition of this magazine and announced at www.posten.ax, where illustrations of the special cancellations can also be viewed.

Holiday closing

Åland Post Stamps will be closed on the following public holidays:

ASCENSION DAY ÅLAND'S AUTONOMY DAY MIDSUMMER EVE

2 June

9 June

24 June

Next magazine

The next edition of Ålandsposten Frimärken will be out in November 2011.

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