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Sweden – US Joint Stamp Issue : Ingrid Bergman

sweden us stampssweden us joint stampIngrid Bergman (1915-1982) was one of the brightest stars of the film world. She won three Oscars – two for best actress in a leading role for Gaslight in 1944 and Anastasia in 1956 – along with the hearts of the film loving general public. Her career started in Sweden and peaked in Hollywood. The American Film Institute ranks her as the fourth greatest star of all time in American movies.Ingrid Bergman was a natural common denominator for PostNord and the US Postal Service in this commemorative stamps project that started with a set of Greta Garbo stamps ten years ago.

Issue Date: 20.08.2015 Designer: Gustav Mårtensson, Lars Sjööblom Process: Recess and Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 26.5 x 36.6 mm

Mushrooms

sweden mushroom stampsThe efforts by Elias Fries (1794–1878) to catalogue mushrooms are considered an important part of the development of modern mycology, the study of mushrooms. He is therefore sometimes referred to as “the Linne of mushrooms”.

Elias Fries studied botany at Lund University and became a professor in 1824. Ten years later he left Lund for Uppsala and became the director of the botanical garden and museum there. He was elected into the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1821 and became a member of the Swedish Academy in 1847.

Despite a brilliant career and academic titles, “the Linné of mushrooms” was often questioned as an expert. He writes himself in the introduction to his illustrated works, Sweden’s Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms.During the mid-1800s, people living in Sweden were skeptical about eating mushrooms, but after several years of poor harvests and famine, as well as the enthusiasm of Fries, people’s perception changed.

Issue Date: 20.08.2015 Designer: Norbert Tamas, Carina Länk,Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 26.5 x 26.25 mm

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