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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Abd-al-Wali of Aland on stamp

On 1 April, the 'Aland cosmopolites' stamp celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of orientalist and Alander Georg August Wallin will be issued. Wallin travelled the Arab world on his exploration expeditions. To gain acceptance in and access to places otherwise forbidden to non-Muslims, he presented himself as a Russian subject from Central Asia, Muslim Abd-al-Wali.

The FDC features the desert, inspired by Georg August Wallin's journeys in the Arab world. Just like the stamp, the first day cover has gold printing.

The gutter of the stamp sheet is decorated with oriental patterns and an extract from Georg August Wallin's handwritten diary written during his first journey to the Orient.