Monday, 26 January 2009

Finnish independence cover

Received today, two very nice embossed and gilded stamps from Finland (letter sent on Friday, 23 January 2009 from Turku), from a brand new series (issued on 22/1/2009) dedicated to the men who helped Finland to reach its independence 200 years ago; they are Alexander I, the emperor of Russia (1777-1825), Georg Magnus (Finlandised as Yrjö Maunu) Sprengtporten (1740–1819), Gustaf Mauritz (Kustaa Mauri) Armfelt (1757–1814) and Carl Erik Mannerheim (1759–1837). I can only guess who is who since the portraits are accompanied by names only on the rest of the souvenir sheet out of which the stamps were taken.

Thank you Paivi.

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