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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Aland-Macau Joint Issue - Church windows

In August, Aland Post will be issuing a miniature sheet as well as a stamp on the theme "Church windows". The Macau Post presents the Macau interpretation of the same theme in this joint issue.

Two nearly identical miniature sheets will be issued on 30 August, however, in two entirely different parts of the world. The miniature sheet motifs will be identical, but the perforations will differ. On the Aland sheet, the Aland stamp motif will be perforated, whereas the Macau motif will be perforated on the Macau issue.

Despite certain similarities between Aland and Macau, the culture and history differ completely. The differences become evident in the miniature sheets when the two postal administrations each present a church window. The Aland part of the miniature sheet (Church window I) shows a stained-glass window from the church of Jomala, created by the artist Ture Bengtz.

Apart from the miniature sheet, the Aland post issues a stamp on the same theme (Church window II) presenting a different section of the same stained-glass window. Only one first day cancel will be used for the two first day covers also appearing on the day of issue.