Pekkala’s elves spread cheer in Christmas stamps
31 Oct 2019, 00:33 ( 23 days ago) | updated: 31 Oct 2019, 10:09 ( 22 days ago)
The national postal and logistic services operator, Posti, is going to release a series of stamps marking the Christmas and winter.
Posti on November 6 will release Christmas stamps designed by Virpi Pekkala, said an official press release.
The stamps feature cheerful elves, characters that are familiar to most Finns.
In this year’s Christmas stamps, elves celebrate Christmas in the traditional Finnish way, including Christmas sauna and Christmas concerts.
Virpi Pekkala is known for always having an idea or a story behind her illustrations. This is how she describes the Christmas stamps:
“The Christmas sauna bathers stamp shows an elf family in their bathrobes going to the sauna across a twilit snowy landscape.
The father leads the way carrying a lantern and the mother follows with towels. An elf boy marches enthusiastically in the middle and holds a birch sauna whisk.”
The Christmas concert stamp depicts an elf boy and an elf girl singing to their hearts’ content.
“A cat and a dog watched the performance for a while before joining the choir. The voices of the quartet can be heard far in the dusky winter evening,” describes the press release.
The winter wonders stamp pictures a snowman, rabbits and the Northern Lights glowing in the sky.
“It is so cold that even the snowman has a knit cap, scarf and mittens. The bunnies are not admiring the Northern Lights but staring at the snowman’s carrot nose.”
The Christmas sauna bathers stamp booklet contains 20 Christmas greeting no-value indicator stamps.
The Christmas concert stamp is a domestic no-value indicator stamp that will be issued as a 10-stamp sheet and a 5-stamp booklet.
The winter wonders stamp sheet contains 10 international no-value indicator stamps and priority labels.
On November 6, Posti will also release the landscape-oriented stamp Snowflakes that is a great option for all winter greetings. The silvery stamp is designed by AD Paula Salviander. The Snowflakes stamp sheet contains 10 domestic no-value indicator stamps.
The first day event will be organised at the Helsinki Main Post Office (Elielinaukio 2) on Wednesday, November 6, from 1p.m. to 4p.m.
New stamps, first day covers and other stamp products will be on sale at the event, and visitors can get first day postmarks on their items.
Virpi Pekkala and Paula Salviander will be present to sign their works from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.