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Tatooing.
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Part of a gift of ephemera from Tony Mac, 5 years ago.
Aland Promotion.



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"Floating Safes" used in the Aland Islands.

Marine Insurance stamps were issued by the Netherlands and the Netherlands Indies in 1921 in connection with a special service known as the DRIJVENDE BRANDKAST (floating safe). This was a special steel container attached to the boat deck of ships plying between Holland and the Far East. The safe was secured to the deck by four arms which were automatically released if the ship sank. The safe then floated free, to be salvaged later. A special tariff for floating safe letters was promulgated at the Madrid Congress of the UPU in 1920. This was proposed as a result of the loss of ships from mines and torpedoes in the closing years of the First World War. The idea was conceived by the Dutch firm of Van Blaadercn who constructed the safes. The service was little used and postally used examples of the stamps arc very rare. The 1924 UPU Congress abolished the floating safe tariff. A similar service known as Simmande Kassaskap, was provided by the Swedish
Post Office on ships plying between Grisslehamn in Roslagcn and Ekero in the Aland Islands, but no stamps were provided for this purpose.
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Aland Islands are fun place, have been there few times for work. Below are some stamp related photos that I've previously shared on my website (see signature):







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Nice informative post, thank you.

Aland Vending Machine First issues
Page 1 of 3
LG ATM Catalogue 1999
ISBN 3932762002
Thomas von Loeper.

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Thank you! Very educational.
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Could not find a general class thread of Finland here.
From reading this morning.
TOURISM, NATION, AND THE POSTAGE STAMP (copyrighted)
Examples from Finland
Pauliina Raento
University of Helsinki, Finland

That the relationship between nation-building, collective identity, and stamps matters to ordinary people is evident in the popularity of participatory practices related to philatelia. A public call to provide stamp designers with photos representing "Finnishness" in preparation of the 90th anniversary of independence (December, 2007) resulted in 6,000 entries, 40,000 votes, 8 stamps, a book, and an exhibition (HSKL 2007a-c). Finland's Post actively and successfully markets its merchandise and services in major events, over the Internet, and by mail.
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Letesgubbe v Trolls


Corrected by Blair (Canada 2006)
Rodney:

They are NOT related to trolls.

The second part of the three-part Nordic series of miniature
sheets on the theme Nordic mythology features "mythical
beings". The Åland miniature sheet shows a 'letesgubbe'.

Letesgubbar were mythical beings who lived in the archipelago.
By banging walls, jangling and throwing objects to attract
people's attention, they warned for oncoming storms.

'Letesgubbar' were short old men, who looked a lot like the
ordinary Kökar man. They lived around fishing villages and
were named after the place on which they were seen, the
Ör-gubbe or the Skarvskärs-gubbe for instance.

'Leten' are a kind of floats used for herring-nets. The word
'lete' has been generally used in Åland and even in the
archipelago both east and west of Åland. The word seems
to derive from the word 'lätte', which means to lighten or to
lift up. The stamp shows a 'letesgubbe' who rattles his
'leten', his floats, to warn for an oncoming storm.

A troll is a fearsome member of a mythical anthropomorph
race from Scandinavian folklore. Their role ranges from
fiendish giants - similar to the ogres of English fairy tales -
to a devious, more human-like folk of the wilderness, living
underground in hills or mounds, inclined to thieving and the
abduction of humans which, in the case of infant abductees,
was substituted with a changeling. They could also be known
as hill-folk or mound-folk. In Shetland and Orkney tales, trolls
are called trowe.

Blair
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