Thursday, March 10, 2011

Åland - Mariehamn 150 years - Jt Åland-Russia Issue 27.2.2011

2011 marks 150 years since the founding of Mariehamn. Åland Post celebrates the anniversary by issuing a miniature sheet featuring Empress Maria Alexandrovna as well as part of the first town plan for Mariehamn. The issue is a joint issue with the Russian Post. The Åland miniature sheet to be issued 21 February is a unique joint issue in cooperation with the Russian Post. The Åland and the Russian miniature sheets will have a similar if not identical design, both featuring the Empress Consort. In connection with the issue, a presentation pack holding both the Åland and the Russian miniature sheets and FDCs will be made available. Åland Post will also be producing an exclusive additional edition of 4000 numbered and gold embossed Åland miniature sheets. a certificate signed on Feb. 20, 1861, establishes the status of the city. On the mail box on a map of Mariehamn is a portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1857) Brush FK Winterhalter from the Hermitage collection.
In 1859, Tsar Alexander II of Russia recommended that a town be established in Åland close to the Svibyviken bay. Two years later, he issued a charter of foundation and the town was named after Empress Maria Alexandrovna. Maria Alexandrovna was born in 1824 in Darmstadt, Germany, and Empress Consort of Tsar Alexander II of Russia from 1855 until her death in 1880. Mariehamn was founded around the village of Övernäs in the parish of Jomala. County architect Georg Theodor von Chiewitz prepared a four-part town plan with grid-based street network. Ella sent me this wonderful First Day Cover.

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