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Finnish stamps start 2010 with rock ‘n’ roll and fairies

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For Finnish stamps, 2010 begins on January 25. That is the date for the publication of a stamp booklet, a miniature sheet and a 10-stamp sheet of a First Class no-value indicator stamp.

The stamp booklet includes legendary Finnish rock 'n' roll artists Eppu Normaali, Popeda, Yo, Mamba, Dingo, and Maarit. These popular and still-active bands and artists have been rendered as stamps by Klaus Welp. The stamps show the bands and musicians as they were in the 1980s.

With Valentine's Day in mind, January will also see the publication of a miniature sheet featuring delicate fairies. The Heart Fairy, Violin Fairy and Star Fairy are ready to carry Valentine's messages to your loved ones. The creator of the fairies is the young artist Minni Havas. After Christmas, Valentine's Day is the second most popular postcard season in Finland. Finns send about five million Valentine's Day cards.

The well-known postcard artist Inge Löök has designed the new "Pussy Toes" no-value indicator stamp. The First Class stamp shows three Pussy Toes in an art-nouveau-inspired setting. The self-adhesive stamp is published as a sheet of 10.

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