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Little Known Tove Jansson Painting on Stamp

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Kallskar, a tiny island on the outskirts of the Aland archipelago, is today one of the best known tourist attractions of Kokar. In the large house on the island, above the mantelpiece, hangs a relatively unknown painting by the 'Moomin-mamma' Tove Jansson. The painting will now be featured on a stamp to be issued 18 April 2007.

In the summer of 1958, the Swede Goran Akerhielm went ashore on Kallskar. With the help of the locals, he there created quite a different world with several special buildings and a peculiar garden. Tove Jansson became acquainted with Goran Akerhielm when he asked her to do a painting to hang above his mantelpiece on Kallskar. "Paint something with wild cliffs, and why not a hysterical fillyjonk, a sea monster or, for that matter, whatever you please", Akerhielm wrote in his initial letter to Tove Jansson.

Tove Jansson described their friendship in a letter to the Alander Kjell Andersen, who has been the supervisor on Kallskar for many years. The opening lines of her letter can be found on the first day cover. On the stamp sheet, the closing lines can be enjoyed.

In 1984, Goran Akerhielm donated his part of Kallskar to the province of Aland. During the summer months, guided tours to Kallskar are arranged daily.

Date of issue: 18 April 2007

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