Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Åland Islands: FDC China Dogs

I received my first cover dedicated to Year of the Dog 2018.  With this lovely miniature sheet, Swedish artist Martin Mörck continues to put his mark on the series, illustrating a time when sailing ships dominated the townscape and sailors bought China dogs as souvenirs. Produced in Staffordshire, the heart of English porcelain industry, during the 1800s, the delicate China dogs were made from glazed and decorated ceramics and particularly popular among Scandinavian and Åland sailors. The original China dogs illustrated on the miniature sheet may be viewed in the collections of the Åland Maritime Museum. Stamps are issued on 10.11.2017.

Thank you Kimmo!

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