Artist Allan Palmer’s sailing ships are most beautiful Åland 2020 stamps

Sailing ship artist Allan Palmer and Eivor Granberg director of Åland Post Stamps

The online vote for the most beautiful Åland postage stamp organized by Åland Post Stamps every year attracts collectors from the entire world. The stamps featuring barquentine Mozart and 4-masted barque Viking won the 2020 vote. This is the third time that stamps in the Sailing ship series gain the favour of the collectors. A win well worth celebrating, and Eivor Granberg, business area manager of Åland Post Stamps, seized the opportunity to congratulate Allan Palmer, the artist behind the stamp series, with a diploma and a flower bouquet. “I greatly enjoyed designing this delightful series. I’m very pleased that it was so well received”, says a delighted Allan Palmer.

The 6-year stamp series of 12 motifs designed by skipper and artist Allan Palmer illustrates the maritime history of Åland, from the peasants’ seafaring to the largest fleet of sailing ships in the world. Launched in 2015, the stamp series illustrating schooner Leo and barquentine Lemland won the vote for the most beautiful Åland stamps already the first year. The following title was won three years later, in 2018, when the stamps showing full-rigged clipper Albania and schooner Atlas won the title. The 6-year stamp series was concluded on 2 February 2020 when the last two stamps illustrating barquentine Mozart and 4-masted barque Viking were issued.

Sailing ship artist Allan Palmer and Eivor Granberg director of Åland Post Stamps

”I didn’t wish to present only the best known Åland sailing ships but rather create a varied and interesting selection of sailing ships. I had a personal connection to some of them, such as Albania and Viking. Other motifs demanded more research, like Altai which I placed off Copenhagen and, consequently, I had to know what the city looked like in the 1870s”, Allan Palmer tells us.

As one of the most frequently commissioned stamp artists in Åland, Allan Palmer has, since 1988, created over 30 stamps which, in addition to sailing ships, include lighthouses, flowers and folk costumes.
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