Franking Labels: Woodpeckers

The four species of woodpeckers adorning the 2019 franking labels are the great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), lesser spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor), greyheaded woodpecker (Picus canus) and black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius).

Issue Date: 01.02.2019, Designer: Bo Lundwall, Printer: Walsall Security Printing, Process: Offset, Colours: 4 Colours, Size: 56 x 25 mm, Values:4 x €1.60

Sailing Ships: Vineta

After World War I, seaborne trade enjoyed a boom that provided an opportunity for a short-lived renaissance of the building of sailing vessels in Åland. The largest Åland peasant shipping company of the inter-war period was Varvs- & Rederi Ab Viking founded in Saltvik in 1917. Three-masted schooner Vineta was the only new-building of the company, and she was launched in November 1919. Having sailed the Baltic and North Seas for eight years, she ran aground in a winter storm and wrecked just off the Swedish island of Gotland. In the same year 1927, the Viking company was dissolved when the board deemed the era of smaller sailing ships over. The artist’s illustration of Vineta, with rain-soaked sails in a dead calm, being overhauled by a fully loaded steamship, is a reminder of the new times.

Issue Date: 01.02.2019, Designer: Allan Palmer, Printer: Bpost, Process: Offset, Colours: 4 Colours, Size:40 x 30 mm, Values: €1.40, €1.60

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