New Stamps from Aland

Mariehamn Theatre Society 100 Years

\"alandThe 100th anniversary of the Mariehamn Theatre Society on 7 February 2014 is highlighted with the issue of a stamp by Åland artist Jonas Wilén.Thanks to the profiling of Mariehamn as a seaside resort, Åland tourism gained momentum at the end of the late 1800s. Seaside life in Mariehamn thrived around the turn of the century, fuelling also theatre activities. Professional performers from both Finland and Sweden teamed up and put up plays in the seaside hotel of the town.When World War I broke out in 1914, these activities came to a halt but, thanks to a group of enthusiasts, led by ‘Åland King’ Julius Sundblom among others, the ‘Swedish Theatre Society in Finland Mariehamn Branch’ could hold its statutory meeting on 10 June 1914. The name was soon shortened to the present ‘Mariehamn Theatre Society’.In the early years, performances were given in the spa hotel, but other premises such as Åland lyceum (the secondary school) and the Kino theatre were used, when the hotel was destroyed in a fire in 1916. Since 1939, Mariehamn town hall serves as domicile for the society.

Technical Details:Issue Date: 07.02.2014 Designer: Jonas Wilén Printer: Cartor Security Printing Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours  Size: 35 x 35mm Values: €1.50

Passenger Ferries 2014

\"alandÅland Post Stamps started a 6-year stamp series featuring Åland passenger ferries in 2009. The series is concluded in 2014, when M/S Birka Princess and M/S Viking Grace become the last two ferries to be presented in this popular series.Birka Princess was built in 1986 for Birka Line (now Birka Cruises) by Valmet shipyard in Helsinki. Birka Princess was a purpose-built cruise vessel and conducted traffic between Stockholm and Mariehamn. She also made longer cruises around the Baltic Sea during the summer season.

Birka Princess was sold to Malta in 2006, where she was renamed Sea Diamond. The ship soon sailed under Greek flag, conducting cruise traffic in the Greek archipelago. In the spring of 2007, she ran aground on a volcanic reef just off Santorini and went to the bottom of the sea. Built for Viking Line by the STX-shipyard in Turku, M/S Viking Grace was launched in August 2012. The launching of the new vessel attracted great attention and her first cruise sold out long before ordinary traffic according to timetable was commenced. Since January 2013, she conducts traffic on the route Mariehamn–Turku–Långnäs–Stockholm.

Technical Details :Issue Date: 07.02.2014 Designer: Håkan Sjöström Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 36 x 26.1 mm

Postal Labels 2014- Old Wooden Duck Decoys

\"alandThe current 3-year series of postal franking labels featuring old wooden duck decoys started in 2012. Åland Post Stamps now ends the series in 2014 with a Velvet Scoter decoy. Wildfowl decoys are lifelike dummies used by hunters to encourage birds to land nearby. Back in the day, decoys were made from plants and wood but, today, decoys are mostly made from plastic.The Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) is common in Åland waters. It belongs to the family of sea ducks and measures from 48 to 56 centimetres. The name of the bird indicates a dark plumage. The male bird is, indeed, entirely black with a small white mark underneath the eye, whereas the plumage of the female bird is dark brown.

This issue completes the 3-year series of Frama labels on duck decoy motifs and, therefore, we also offer a presentation pack with all three labels in the series as well as a special postcard with the three labels affixed and cancelled with the respective first day cancels. The pack costs €9. Artist Juha Pykäläinen has designed the franking labels as well as the pack.

Technical Details: Issue Date: 07.02.2014 Designer: Juha Pykäläinen Printer: The Lowe Martin Group Process: Offset Colours: 5 Colours Size: 40.00 x 30.34 mm

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