Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Finland – FINLANDIA 88

On 6th September 1638, Governor General Per Brahe established Postal Services in Finland, which was part of the Kingdom of Sweden at that time. Hence, in 1988 the Finnish Post celebrated its 350th Anniversary. The World Stamp Exhibition FINLANDIA 88 took place in 1988. Each year from 1985 to 1988 Miniature sheets of stamps were issued and the proceeds were used for organizing the Exhibition. I am displaying here the nice cover with the special miniature sheet, which was issued that first year in 1985. Incidentally, this was indeed the first minisheet ever issued by the Finnish Post. Its value therefore, is quite obvious. 25% of the total value of the minisheet, namely, two marks was used for organizing FINLANDIA 88.
The picture on the minisheet depicts the map of Sweden-Finland from the year 1698. One can see the postal routes of that time. Some routes were only used during the winter months. You can also see the island of Åland. By the end of the 1600’s about 6000 letters were sent from Stockholm to Finland each year. Ella, this is indeed a very memorable First Day Cover. Thank you.

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