Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New issues from Sweden

Sweden is a country that has a very interesting stamps issuing policy. The number of stamps issued per year is rather reasonable, and an important part of them are recess-printed. This is why some years ago I decided to subscribe to the new issues from Swedish post, and I would like to share with you some of the stamps I received few days ago.The first stamp is a tribute to the very famous film and theatre director Ingmar Bergman, who died last year.

This stamp was issued on the 24th of January, together with a souvenir sheet (with one stamp). I don’t think I need to introduce Ingmar Bergman, he is one of the most famous Swedish personalities. The stamp is based on a photograph and I find it extremely nice. The souvenir sheet which was engraved by Martin Mörck is also very beautiful (sorry I forgot to scan it…).
On the same day, the Swedish post has issued three stamps picturing insects.

On this picture you can see the coil stamps picturing ladybugs, a bumble-bee and ants. The ladybugs stamp was also issued in a standard version (see the different perforation) and in a souvenir sheet. I think these stamps are very simple but very nice. They have been design by Jenny Burman a web designer who is making her debut as a stamp designer. A nice debut, isn’t it ?
The last stamps that I wanted to show you have also been issued on the 24th of January. They commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of the historian and author Olof von Dalin, who became also the tutor of the future King Gustav III. Olof von Dalin (1708-1763) was an innovator of the Swedish language, a skill that he used in the publication of the periodical entitled Then Swänska Argus (The Swedish Argus). The design of the stamps are directly extracted from this periodical that was published between 1732 and 1734. The left stamp pictures an illustration on the title page of the very first issue of this periodical. The second stamp depicts a D, the first letter of Sagan om hasten (The tale of the horse) a story published in the periodical.

Some other stamps were issued on the same date, a set of four picturing dogs. But I think you got the idea : have a look the Swedish post website and you will be able to make your own opinion about the stamps produced by this country. You may have understood it, I’m a big fan !

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