Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Finish Stamps honor Juhani Aho, Finnish Comics and addtions to Lion series Stamps

Juhani Aho’s role as an author and journalist

Juhani Aho (1861–1921), a Finnish icon, was one of the first professional authors in Finland. The 150th anniversary of his birth will be celebrated on September 11. In honor of the anniversary, a miniature sheet of two stamps designed by Timo Berry and Teemu Ollikainen will be published on September 5, depicting Juhani Aho's career: his work as an author and journalist, and the strong sense of patriotism that characterized it.

One of the stamps depicts Juhani Aho’s extensive novel collection, which strongly represented Finnish nature, attitudes and social changes. His most beloved works include Rautatie, Papin rouva and Juha. Aho modernized Finnish prose, while filtering international influences into his works. The stack of papers depicted in the stamp is a reference to the concise type of short stories developed by the author – woodchips.

The second stamp is associated with Juhani Aho’s career as a journalist for Finnish newspapers. Aho was one of the founders of the Päivälehti newspaper (published between 1890 and 1904) where he discussed many of the day’s burning issues, including the position of women and workers. The picture below the stamp illustrates the young editors of Päivälehti.

The previous Juhani Aho stamp was published in September 1961, in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Their will be a total of 250,000 miniature sheets produced. The sheet is the work of artists Timo Berry and Teemu Oilkainen. The size of the sheet is 140 mm by 80 mm while the individual stamps have a sied of 31.42 by 44.95 mm. They were printed on self-adhesive stamp paper by the offset printing method by the firem of Joh. Enschede Stamps of the Netherlands,

Six comic book characters from six decades

The first ever Finnish comic book, Ilmari Vainio’s Professori Itikaisen tutkimusretki, was published one hundred years ago in November 1911. This is celebrated by publishing a stamp sheet designed by Ville Tietäväinen, entitled The 100th Anniversary of Finnish Comics, depicting the family tree of Finnish comics.

The pictorial motifs include popular characters from the first six decades of Finnish comics from the 1910s to the 1960s. The selected images represent the most distinctive features of each character.

The 1910s are represented by Ola Fogelberg’s Janne Ankkanen which was published in Suomen Kuvalehti and later in Kansan Kuvalehti. Hjalmar Löfving’s Olli Pirteä, which was published in Sirkka, represents the 1920s.

The 1930s return with Herra Kerhonen, whose author, Gösta Thilén, is regarded as one of the masters of wordless comics. The 1940s are represented by Antti Puuhaara, which was published in Yhteishyvä as drawn by Aarne Nopsanen and written by Raul Roine.

For the 1950s, the stamp sheet features Kili ja Possu, written by Olavi Vikainen, who specialized in animal characters in children's comics that were published in a number of Finnish and Swedish papers. The stamp for the 1960s depicts Unto Uneksija, which was published in Pellervo. Veikko Savolainen, its creator, is better known as Joonas thanks to one of his later works.

This  miniature sheet will have a press run of 300,000. It was the work of Ville Tietäväinen. The sheet has a size of  115 by 130 mm while the individual stamps have a size of 31 X 31 mm.  Printing was done by  Joh. Enschedé Stamps of the Netherlands.
Two new stamps added to the Lion series

The series of Lion stamps depicted in euro will be supplemented by two new stamps in September – a green two-euro stamp and a violet four-euro stamp. The stamps have been designed by graphic artist and illustrator Mika Launis who has also designed the three previously published Lion stamps.

The first Lion stamps of the series –  one-euro stamp and the  five-euro stamp – were issued in 2002 when Finland joined the euro area. In 2004, a three-euro stamp was added to the series. As the previous stamps are still available for sale, you can now choose from five different Lion stamps.

The green lion stamp was the work of Mika Launis and has a size of 24.5 X 34.5 mm in a quantitly of 2,000,000. The violet stamp had a press run of 1,000,000 has the same size and was done by the same artist. Both stamps were printed on self adhesive stamp paper by the Dutch firm of  Joh. Enschedé Stamps.

For more information go to the Finnish Post Office Website

A new special cachet for the Finnish Post Museum at the beginning of September

The all-year special cachet used by the Finnish Post Museum will be replaced on September 6, 2011, when the new cachet depicting a post horn and designed by Jarmo Niinimäki will be introduced.

All-year cachets are granted for a maximum of three years at a time, meaning that the new special cachet for the Post Museum is in effect until September 5, 2014.

To obtain the special cachet, bring your mail to the Post Museum in Helsinki. The Post Museum is situated in the Helsinki General Post Office, Asema-aukio 5 H. Metal stamps will be used.

From August 29 to September 2, 2011, customers may send a small amount of cards/envelopes for advance stamping to Itella Posti Oy, Helsinki Post Center, Reception/Special cachets, Post Museum special cachet, P.O. Box 1031, FI-00011 ITELLA, Finland.

You can send a maximum of ten cards or envelopes with stamps for advance stamping. Remember to include a return envelope with sufficient postage.