Postryttaren, Museum Yearbook 2004. 6 ½ by 9 ¾ inches, hardbound, 160 pages, in Swedish, Postmuseum Sweden, Stockholm 2004, ISSN 0586-6758.

 

            The annual yearbook from the Swedish postal museum in the old town section of Stockholm is not unlike the American Philatelic Congress Book. This is the 54th year for the Swedish book that contains a number of scholarly articles as well as some news about the museum’s activities. The first article offers a glimpse at the letters and writings of Axel Oxenstierna, the 17th century civil servant who was much involved with establishing the government’s postal system.

            Other articles in this nicely presented book discuss noted Swedish stamp dealer Harry Wennberg, the centenary of Swedish booklet stamps, the centenary of the Stockholm Philatelic Society, the Postdiligens service (truck, bus) during the 20th century, and thematic collecting based on the life of Gustav II Adolf. The book concludes with an overview of the museum’s exhibitions and research projects for 2003.

            Publication of Postryttaren is sponsored by the Friends of the Postmuseum, who receive a copy automatically with membership. Further details on the Friends group, the museum, and its publications can be obtained from Postmuseum, Box 2002, 10311 Stockholm, Sweden, or their website www.posten.se/museum.

 

Alan Warren