Aland, the mail must be delivered!

Àland mail farmers and farmhands alike had to be ready when the coach horn sounded.

They knew then that it was time to carry the mail to the next farm, day or night. A stamp appearing in June focuses on the conveyance of mail.

The mail route across Àland was established in 1638. Until the end of the 19th century, the conveyance of mail across Aland bore thè stamp of the postai reform.

The mail was conveyed in relays between farmers living at a certain distance from one another along the mail route.

Mail farmers had many responsibilities and, in return, they were exempted from some of the taxes to the Crown.

They were required to be able to read and write; another requirement was that each farmer must keep two farmhands to help him.

The mail must be carried in ali weathers and at ali times.

During the almost three hundred year period of mail conveyance across land and sea, the transportation technique never changed.

The mail farmers rowed, sailed and pulled their boats regardless of weather conditions.

At thè end of the 1800s, ships that were better equipped to cut through the ice carne into use and a more regular service was introduced.

The mail farmers were no longer needed, and the last mail rota left from Vardò to Kumlinge on 31 December 1910.

Date of issue: 12 June 2010
Artist: Tord Nygren Denomination: Inrikes (€0.75) Edition: 180.000 Price FDC: €1.30 Size of stamp: 32 x 36.5 mm 2x15 stampsSize of sheet: Perforation: 13 per 2 cm Paper: 105 g/m2 Printing method: 4-colour offset Printing house: The Lowe Martin Group

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