4th of May was a very lucky day. For, on this day Finland Post issued five sets of special stamps, first day covers and maxi cards. I therefore present all of them together. And all of them have been contributed to this blog by Ella.
Spring and summer are the seasons of celebrations and joy. The Jumping for Joy stamps are perfect for congratulations, invitations and summery greetings. The designer of the five-stamp miniature sheet is a student at the Pekka Halonen Academy, Tuomo Savolainen, who won Itella's competition to design springtime greetings stamps last year. Jumping when happy? Do you dance for love? Leap for good news? You can take a leaf of these stamps, which are telling of the joy: sense of humor, bright colours and expressive figures – a meaningful extra to your messages!
In one stamp the children open the door to the library, where the characters of the stories are waiting for them. This year A Library Association in Finland celebrates its centenary.
In the other the boy and the characters of the fairy tales are reading a book together. A child is never alone when reading. The artist Leena Lumme is well known of the illustrations for the numerous books for children. Libraries today are anything but gloomily silent places for reading. The hundred-year-old library movement's diversity and its current forms are shown on two Europa stamps. Children's book illustrator Leena Lumme depicts a book as a door opening into worlds of fact and fancy. EUROPA stamps underlines cooperation in the posts domain, taking into account promotion of philately. They also build awareness of the common roots, culture and history of Europe and its common goals. As such, EUROPA stamp issues are among the most collected and most popular stamps in the world. The maxi card Iltasatu (Bedtime story) was drawn by Virpi Pekkala.
Welcome, summer! Send a summer greeting with the butterfly-wings. A green, fresh stamp published in the frame of the personalized stamp depicts a green and yellow butterfly sitting on a thin garland. The same pattern recurs on the butterfly and the garland.
Post Green. A light green stamp has been issued keeping the environment in mind. The paper is 100 % recyclable and the green colour is water soluble.