Sunday, May 18, 2014

Reindeer and the Sleigh

The stamp on this fdc is one of three definitives. This one depicts the drawing of Jens Wurtzmann who is also acknowledged on the postmark. The drawing is titled Reindeer and the Sleigh.

The stamp was designed by  Jens Christian Rosing (July 28, 1925 – May 24, 2008), who was a Greenlandic artist notable for designing the coat of arms of Greenland, many Greenlandic postage stamps, as well as illustrated children's books and water colours. Rosing was known as the number one stamp designer for Greenland. Throughout his 50 year career, Rosing produced 130 stamp designs, and his first design was produced in the 1950s. The first design was a commemorative stamp for Greenland. It had a scene featured on it from the Mother of the Sea. There are two versions of the stamp. The first stamp was printed in 1957 in a green-blue colour. The reprint was in 1961, in just a blue colour.

All Greenlandic stamps were printed in only one colour until the 1980s. Beginning in 1985, stamps became printed in offset, or in a combination of offset and recess-type printing. The later versions are brighter. However, they fail to show the appearance of the one colour recess printing stamps.

Thank you Merja.

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