Thursday, November 02, 2006

150th anniversary of the first Finnish stamp and Christmas issue

Finland is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the issue of the first stamp. For this occasion the Finnish post has issued, end of October, this souvenir sheet containing three stamps

The three stamps picture the heraldic lion. The stamps on the right actually pictures the design of the first Finnish stamp. The stamps are slightly embossed and the one in the middle is even covered with a gold foil. The sheet looks much more beautiful in reality than on my scan, which for any reason does not look so good.
To continue with Finland, the Christmas stamps have also been issued end of October. I think they are really cute and illustrate quite well the spirit of Christmas. In France we do not have any specific stamps dedicated for Christmas as in other countries. We have stamps for “season greetings” which are more dedicated to new year celebration.

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