07 May 2013

Åland cheese with a history..


Date of issue - 6 May 2013

Hi !

Here is a beautiful stamp featuring Cheese of Aland, issued yesterday by Aland Post. It is a Non-denominated stamp. Non-denominated Åland postage stamps, or no-value indicator (NVI) are used for local Post  (domestic, within Åland only). This stamp is good for Milk theme and other food related subjects like Cuisine, Gastronomy etc. Since many  Cheese varieties have been featured on  stamps issued by several postal administrations. So Cheese could also be treated as an individual theme and would prove a nice subject for one frame exhibit !!

The production and sale of butter and cheese has existed in Aland since the Middle Ages. The first Aland dairy was founded approx. 120 years ago. Today, the dairy cooperative Alands Centralandelslag (ACA) handles the Aland dairy production.

ACA cheeses have won several awards, the most recent success being the 2012 competition for best Finnish cheese. The cheeses “Kastelholm”, “Alands special” and “Prostens magra” came in second, whereas the Aland “Edam” won third place. A total of 107 types of cheese were entered in the competition in 12 different categories.

The Kastelholm cheese featured on the new stamp by Aland Post got its name from the only medieval castle in Aland, located in Sund. The name is thought to originate from a traditional type of double cream cheese which was produced in Sund in the 1500s.




A Special Cover on International Labour Day was released by the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra, Shri Jayant Kumar Banthia in Mumbai on 1st May 2013. The Postal Department also honoured Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) and Gramin Dak Sevaks on the occasion of International Labour Day. Maharashtra Circle has a network of 12,600 Post Offices with the staff of 48,639 to run the Postal Services in the Circle. The special cover was dedicated to the 4,497 MTS and 20,000 odd Gramin Dak Sevaks who work day in and day out for the department in all nooks and corners of the State. The Chief Post Master General of Maharashtra Circle, Shri K.C. Mishra, VSM and Post Master General Mail Management, Shri H. Agrawal were also present on the occasion.

Source  : Indian Philatelists’ Forum

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