Saturday, October 20, 2012

Swedish Göta Canal Stamps



This postcard shows Swedish stamps of the Göta Canal that were in a booklet of 6 stamps issued May 7, 1979. The subjects of the individual stamps are: the tourist steamer Juno, the locks at Borenshult, the roller bridge at Hajstorp, a lock keeper, a sailing vessel and a canoe paddler in the Forsvik lock.

These stamps were engraved by Slania. (click the images below to see more detail)


Sweden's Göta Canal was constructed in the early 19th century. The canal itself is 118 miles (190 km) long and has 58 locks. It forms the backbone of a waterway stretching 382 miles (614 km), linking a number of lakes and rivers to provide a route from Gothenburg (Swedish:Göteborg) on the west coast to Söderköping on the Baltic Sea via the river Göta älv and the Trollhätte kanal, through the large lakes Vänern and Vättern.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog


13 comments:

  1. I really like the first two stamps, with the wide format. Thank you for joining in with some Slania stamps today.

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  2. I especially like the canoeist going through the lock, so completely dwarfed by the lock gates.

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  3. Gorgeous stamps really capture the working of a canal. I did not know Telford's connection to this Swedish canal, looks like a superb journey across the country especially as you get to go across some lakes as well.

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  4. i like the variety of situations depicted...nice set of stamps indeed!

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  5. great set! I like the one color theme

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  6. Wow - you have chosen some beautiful Swedish stamps recently! These are really lovely (can't think of a better adjective.. appealing? delightful?) stamps. They are just lovely. I can't pick my favourite.

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  7. Once enlarged, you can really see the intricate detail!

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  8. A very nice set, I like the single colour for each design and the variation in format.

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  9. Love all the Ships. I can't choose a favorite, all of it are simply beautiful!

    My Sunday Stamps: Ships

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  10. very nice set, and such serene atmosphere...makes you wanna jump in :)

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  11. That tourist steamer makes me wanna go back into reading Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn :D

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  12. And oh, thanks for providing me a link with the information about my Japanese stamp :D

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