Thursday, April 7, 2011

Finland - 90th Anniversary of Tove Jansson 9.8.2004

A new Moomin stamp and a silver collector’s coin, “Tove Jansson and Children’s Culture” was issued on August 9, 2004 . The new Moomin stamp celebrated the 90th Anniversary of Finland's beloved artist and author Tove Jansson (1914-2001), the creator of Moomin. The world famous troll became internationally known in 1954 when the London Evening Standard began publishing a cartoon strip entitled “Moomin” drawn by Jansson and his brother Lars. After “Moomin” became syndicated, the cartoon was read in 60 languages. Predating the cartoon strip, Jansson’s first Moomin book, originally written in Swedish, appeared in 1945. A total of 13 books appeared between that year and 1977. The books have been translated into more than 30 languages. In Finland Moomin fans can visit Moominworld, a family oriented theme park in Naantali. The park is centered on the Moomin way of life: family values, friendship and respect for the environment.
The Moomin stamp is printed on a paper stock that has a fabric-like feel, a new and unusual concept in the world of stamps. The new material gives it a 3-D effect. Finnish artist Päivi Vainionpää designed the stamp that features two characters, the Moomin Troll and Snufkin. Merja sent me this nice cover.

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