Finland Post Corporation is one of the world postal authorities taking part in the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition, staged from May 27 to June 3 at the Convention Center in Washington, DC.
At the joint Nordic stand the Philatelic Centre of Finland Post Corporation offers the whole range of stamps from 2005 and 2006. Besides stamps, there are thematic collections, postcards and other stamp-related items.
A special cachet made by Finland Post to honour the World Philatelic Exhibition is also available from the Nordic stand No 1523.
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Finnish stamp
The first Finnish stamps, the 5 copeck stamp and the 10 copeck so-called oval stamp, were issued on 1 March 1856. On the 150th anniversary of the Finnish stamp, 1 March 2006, ten different stamps will be issued in six different releases.
The stamps portray the Finnish flag, a lilac twig, an Easter bunny, and the painting Fortune-teller by the internationally renowned Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946). The stamp shows a portion of the painting that belongs to the collections of Ateneum, the Finnish National Gallery. The painting was adapted to the stamp by Antti Raudaskoski. On the same day, six coil stamps will be released with the fine artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931) as their theme.
To commemorate the anniversary, the Finnish flag is flying in a new 1st class non-denominated self-adhesive stamps. The stamp has been designed by Marja-Leena Muukka. Its picture is based on a photograph taken by Ari Rosila.
Washington 2006 upholds a tradition started back in 1913 with the first U.S. international philatelic exhibition held in New York City that year. Since that time, this country has hosted such events about every 10 years. The last was held in San Francisco, California, in 1997, celebrating the 150th anniversary of America’s first postage stamps.