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Aland Postal Service 2003 Issue
Design by Linda Karlsson

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The Aland Postal Service will issue a new stamp that has postage value of 0,55 Euro named "Pommern' Celebrates 100 Years" on the 6th of June 2003. The stamp depicts a ship named "Pommern" which was built in 1903 in Glasgow by a German shipping company. Originally the ship was named "Mneme" after the Goddess of Memory Mnemosyne, until it changed ownership in 1906 when it was renamed Pommern. At that time the ship was used to sail between Europe and South America. In 1923, Gustaf Erikson from Aland the world's last big sailing ship owner, bought the ship. As with most of his fleet, Pommern sailed in the grain races and carried grain from Australia to Britain. In 1939 Pommern sailed to her homeport Mariehamn and remained there until she finally was donated to the Town of Mariehamn as a museum ship. Pommern is one of four original masted steel barque in the world today.

The picture on the stamp was taken from a painting by an Australian painter named Arthur Victor Gregory. This painting was done in 1931 and shows the Pommern with full sails caught in a storm. The artwork may be admired at the Aland Maritime Museum.

The Pommern Celebrates 100 Years stamp can be purchased in a booklet of 8, Collectors sheet, or FDC. The stamp size measures 37.5 mm x 26 mm and the size of the booklet is 188 mm x 51.46 mm. The stamps will be printed by BDT International Security Printing Ltd using the 4 color Offset printing process with self adhesive stamp paper. The perforation size is 9 and the quantity printed will be 150,000 booklets.

Collector Sheet

FDC

FDC Stamp

To order these stamps or to learn more go to http://www.pommern.aland.fi. Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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