Svenska frimärket 150 år
(The Swedish Stamp 150 Years), Postryttaren,
ed. Jan Billgren. 6¾ by 9¾
inches, hardbound, 256 pages, in Swedish with English summaries, Postmuseum,
This is the
55th edition of the yearbook of the
Egon Jonsson describes the resistance encountered by
Swedish authorities in accepting uniform postal rates, even though the concept
of stamped paper had been introduced as early as 1823 by Curry Gabriel Treffenberg.
Jan Billgren tells of the growth of the postal system in the
1850s with use of farmer postmen, the introduction of post boxes, and the
development of mail coaches. Bertil Larsson summarizes the evolution of postal
Björn Sylwan recounts the story
of the printer Pehr Ambjörn
Sparre who negotiated a contract to print
Mats Ingers furnishes printing details on the plates, printing press, plate flaws, and die proofs. Tomas Bjäringer and Gustaf Douglas briefly describe the gems of stamps and covers from the skilling banco period, including those cancelled on the day of issue and some of the rare letters to foreign destinations. Expert Helena Obermüller Wilén shows some forgeries of the skilling issues prepared by Jean de Sperati and others. Björn Sylwan reviews the treatment of the Swedish post office in the newspapers of 1855-1856 after the stamps were first released.
The book concludes with illustrations of highlights of Swedish stamps over the last 150 years. The illustrations, mostly in color, are first rate. This issue of Postryttaren is a lovely souvenir of a major Swedish philatelic anniversary.