On 1.2.2012 Åland started her stamp issuing programme for 2012 by the issue of 4 postal labels, and two ship stamps commemorating M/S Birger Jarl and MS Cristal.
Åland has issued new franking labels on duck theme. Wildfowl decoys are lifelike dummies used by hunters to encourage birds to land nearby. The oldest decoys were made from plants such as bulrush, and the first decoys carved from wood were unpainted. Decoys are now mostly made from plastic. The new series of postal labels shows painted wooden decoys. One of the largest sea ducks is the eider with a body length of 60 to 70 cm. It has a large bulky shape with a short neck, a large head, and a long wedge-shaped bill without knob. The bill is feathered on the sides from the base of the bill to the nostrils. Its characteristic triangular head shape with the bill and forehead forming a straight line can readily distinguish the eider. The wings are broad, short, and relatively small with a wingspan of 95 to 105 cm. The male eider is also called eider drake. The first day cancellation is designed like an eider decoy seen from above. Juha Pykäläinen’s illustration on the first day cover is a duck hunting blind made of stones. There, in the duck blind, we see a hunter waiting for seabirds to be lured by his waterfowl decoys. The labels are priced at 0.75, 0.80, 0.95 and 1.00 Euros. Ella gave me this interesting FDC.