Saturday, May 25, 2013

Moomins 6.5.2013

Finnish post issued a stampsheet commemorating the favorite Moomins, central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. They are a family of fairy tale characters, who are white and roundish, with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, in the forests of Finland, though in the past their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have had many adventures along with their various friends.

The Moomins are ever-popular favorites on Finnish stamps. This time Itella Posti Oy released a booklet of six stamps, called Moomin Favorites on 6.5.2013.  The stamps illustrate philosophical Moominpappa, Moomintroll jumping in the water to swim, Moominmamma with her famous handbag, Little My balancing a basket on her head, Snork Maiden reading a letter and Snufkin dancing in delight.  Each of the characters is depicted on a colorful background.

Satu Lusa wants to portray the vitality of Tove Jansson's drawings and the Moomin characters' zest for life. All the drawings in the booklet come from Tove Jansson's comic strips published in The Evening News in the 1950s. The shape of the stamps follows that of the Moomin characters.

Thank you Dear Ella for this pretty cover with the lovely momin booklet or minisheet if you please.

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