”Åland women” was President Tarja Halonen’s choice of theme when asked to contribute to the My Åland stamp series. The presidential stamp was out on 8 May featuring the energetic seafarer Mimmi Widbom.
Serafina Wilhelmina “Mimmi” Widbom was an extraordinary woman of her time being, as she was, a professional seafarer. She worked as cook and chief steward on several of Åland shipowner Gustaf Erikson’s ships in the early 1900s. Mimmi Widbom rounded Cape Horn eight times and she made her last voyage as active sailor in 1943.
President Tarja Halonen is the third President of Finland to participate in Åland Post stamp series My Åland, which offers celebrities with a connection to Aland an opportunity to illustrate their opinion of the Aland province and personal view of Aland. In 2004, President Mauno Koivisto’s stamp was issued, and President Martti Ahtisaari’s stamp appeared in 2009.
The My Åland stamp issue is coordinated with the My Stamps concept, an online service offering private persons and companies the possibility to design personalized Åland stamps within a predefined frame. My Stamps can be ordered through the web shop at www.posten.ax/webshop. The 2015 frame is the tenth official frame since the start of My Stamps in 2006. My Stamps have been issued in mini sheets since 2010.
Date of issue: 8 May 2015
Design: Cecilia Mattsson
Edition: 60 000
Denomination: 8 x Europa (€9,60)
Price FDC: €1.90
Stamp size: 28,8 x 43,2 mm
Sheet size: 1 x 8 stamps
Paper: 135 g/m2
Perforation: 13 per 2 cm
Printing method: 4-colour offset
Printing house: The Lowe Martin Group
To order, please visit Åland Post Stamps webshop at www.posten.ax/webshop/en