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In Greenland we have had a short, but warm more about this inside the magazine. attention to our new book coming at the end
summer. During the brief period of the It gives food for thought how many new of the year »PARCEL POSTAGE in Greenland
midnight sun we delighted in the ﬁords being details of cultures worldwide are actually 1905 - 2005«. The book contains an excellent
navigable and ice and snow being absent illustrated by countless stamp designs. historic account of these special stamps and
from our shores for a while. Now, as daylight Philately is diverse and colourful and at the their great importance.
is receding, we are beginning to spend more same time a wonderful forum for study. Not The last Greenland issue of the year will also
and more time indoors, like everywhere in the surprisingly, philately is and will remain the include the second part of our very popular
northern hemisphere. Snow has not yet fallen most popular hobby of the world. No amount series featuring edible plants, as well as our
in large quantities, but this will be only a of EDP or computers will change that. I there- beautiful Christmas stamps. Finally, as always,
matter of weeks. fore predict most favourable conditions for we are rounding off the philatelic year with
In other words a new season for stamps and philately in the future as a desirable »sanctu- our year pack which, as usual, contains all the
philately is upon us, and not only in ary« in an ever-changing world. stamps and souvenir
Greenland. The various clubs, societies and Just over 100 years ago many people doubt- sheets issued this year.
small and large exhibitions are beginning to lessly also felt that things were moving fast. In
hum again after the summer break. this respect the American Robert E. Peary's Enjoy the magazine!
In this issue of Greenland Collector we are quest to reach the North Pole was a milestone
pleased to present a very interesting article with regard to man's feasible activities in the Sincerely,
about white-tailed eagles in Greenland. We very severest parts of our globe. The issue of
are also supplying further information about the famous PARCEL POST stamps, also 100 Søren Rose
the birthday present with a Greenlandic years ago, was ominous of a new era in Philatelic Manager
ﬂavour with which the Danish Prime Minister Greenland. Both themes are featured on the
presented the President of the United States stamps of our next issue on 31st October. In
during his brief visit to Denmark in July. Read this connection I would like to draw your
Publisher: POST Greenland
Customer Service: POST Greenland, Filatelia, Box 121
3913 Tasiilaq, Grønland
Phone: +45 7026 0550, and +299 98 11 55
Fax: +299 98 14 32
Editors: Søren Rose, ansv.; Lene Skov Meyhoff, Holger Amelung,
Pertti Frandsen, Søren Nicolaj Korshøj
Cover Photo: SCANPIX
- The Arctic Explorer Robert E. Peary
TEXT BY: LENE SKOV MEYHOFF
On 31st October 2005 POST Greenland is which he brought his famous meteorites back to Expeditions in Greenland III
continuing its popular expedition series – this the United States. - Robert E. Peary
time with a stamp and a souvenir sheet In 1908 he set out on his eighth and ﬁnal quest DKK 27.50
featuring the famous American Arctic Explorer for the North Pole. 31.10.2005
and American Naval Admiral, Robert E. Peary He set off from Ellesmere Island together with 40 stamps per sheet
(1856 - 1920). the renowned Arctic Explorer, Matthew Henson Format: F-horizontal 3
As a young civil engineer Robert E. Peary joined and four Inuit, and on 6th April 1909 they Printing method: Steel Engraving
the U.S. Navy and for several years served in were the ﬁrst people to reach the North Pole. Paper: TR4 yellow ﬂuorescent
Nicaragua, where he was engaged in making The same year Frederick Cook, his previous ship's Engraving: Martin Mörck
surveys for the Nicaragua Canal. surgeon, claimed that he had reached the North Outside measurements:
The young Robert E. Peary was, however, also Pole in 1908. This resulted in a long and 33.44 mm x 28.84 mm
extremely interested in the Arctic, and in 1886 extremely bitter controversy; but Robert E.
he set out on his ﬁrst journey to Northern Peary was later recognised as the ﬁrst explorer
Greenland. On this, his ﬁrst Arctic expedition to set foot on the North Pole, an honour, for
he ventured as far as 190 km into the area of which he had paid a high price. On his expedi- Third souvenir folder in POST
the Greenlandic Ice Cap. tion in search of the North Pole in 1900 his toes Greenland's popular expedition series
In 1891 - 1892, having secured leave of absence froze, and eight of them had to be amputated. The third issue in POST Greenland's popular expedition
from the Navy, he led an expedition to Peary Land was discovered by and named after series features the famous Arctic Explorer, Robert E.
Greenland for scientiﬁc research and further Robert E. Peary, who believed it to be an island. Peary.
exploration of this, at the time, more or less Peary Land is a peninsula in Northern The souvenir sheet of this issue will also be available in
unknown territory. In 1892 he walked with Greenland with Cape of Morris Jesup, the this beautiful souvenir folder.
the Norwegian Eivind Astrup over the northernmost point of Greenland, located Apart from the souvenir sheet, this folder contains
northernmost part of the Ice Cap from on 83.39 degrees northern latitude. The much interesting information about Robert E. Peary as
Ingleﬁeld Bay to Navy Cliff at the inside of northernmost part of the desert peninsula well as many beautiful illustrations.
Independence Fiord, which, on this occasion, consists of mountains of over 2000 metres. Pre-order POST Greenland's new souvenir folder
he discovered. »Expeditions in Greenland III - Robert E. Peary« now!
On this expedition he also undertook a long
sled journey to the north-eastern coast of
Greenland, where he explored the territory
P E A R Y
which was later named after him – Peary Land. EKSPEDITIONER I GRØNLAND III – Polarforskeren Robert E. Peary
EXPEDITIONS IN GREENLAND III – The Arctic Explorer Robert E. Peary
EXPEDITIONEN IN GRÖNLAND III – Polarforscher Robert E. Peary
R O B E R T
Robert E. Peary was the ﬁrst to prove that
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northerly extension of Greenland. On his Souvenir Sheet
travels Robert E. Peary made many interesting Expeditions i Greenland III 01303025
ethnological and meteorological observations, - Robert E. Peary Souvenir Folder
which were carefully recorded. DKK 27.50 »Expeditions i Greenland III
This important exploration was continued on Issue date: 31.10.2005 - Robert E. Peary«
new expeditions from 1893 - 95 as well as two Printing method: Steel Engraving
Issue Date: 31.10.2005
summer expeditions in 1896 and 1897, from Paper: TR4 yellow ﬂuorescent
White-tailed Eagles in
Greenland - before and now
Photo: Søren Rose
It has become easier to appreciate the white-tailed eagle as these birds, also
in this country, have become less shy. Read here why!
TEXT BY FRANK WILLE AND OLE ZEEB ANDERSEN
The Greenlandic white-tailed eagle belongs to The white-tailed eagle was unconditionally In central Greenland the share of birds is a little
the same species as the European white-tailed preserved in 1973. An information campaign, larger. In the winter the eagles eat a lot of dead
eagle. But in this country it has been isolated for carried out by the Greenlandic Home Rule animals. New examinations of white-tailed eagles
centuries. Compared to these other populations, Government in the 1980's, has contributed to found dead have documented that eagles die of
the Greenlandic population – consisting of only the attitude towards our white-tailed eagles lead poisoning. This happens when eagles catch
approximately 150 couples of old breeding birds changing from negative to tolerant and today, winged birds with lead shot in them. In this
– must be described as extremely few in number. among most people, even to positive. A few way their interior organs contract lead poisoning
It is also one of the most vulnerable bird hunters still snivel if they return from their – and then they die!
populations in the world. This is also due to hunting expeditions without any ptarmigan and This lead shot from cartridges is a very topical
the fact that the white-tailed eagles in this Arctic then blame eagles and falcons for this situation. environmental problem in Greenland and is also
climate are living in a marginal area, due to the But this attitude is a bit pathetic. Luck with dangerous to humans.
brief summer and climatic conditions. wind and weather and other animals in nature In most other countries the white-tailed eagle
As a result of adapting to these conditions, the are signiﬁcant for the successful expedition. has experienced a signiﬁcant increase after it was
Greenlandic eagle has grown much larger than the These are the conditions and, in our opinion, decided that the eagles were to return to nature.
members of the same species in any other place. the eagle has its justiﬁcation in the ecological Such an increase is not seen in Greenland, even
This makes this bird quite unique. system. though we also want the white-tailed eagles in
Over hundreds of years the white-tailed eagles Today we know a lot about what white-tailed our immediate environment. Lead poisoning,
have probably been pursued by humans – not eagles eat. In Southern Greenland ﬁsh (cod, periodic lack of food as well as difﬁcult weather
least during the decades up until the 1970's. uvak, sand dab and arctic char etc.) constitute conditions during the breeding season are the
Some people were annoyed with the white-tailed approximately 90 % of their diet. The rest is most important reasons for this situation.
eagles, which, of course, live off the same natural made up of birds (gulls, eider, black guillemot Unfortunately, the Greenlandic white-tailed
resources. They regarded the eagles as competitors. and ravens) and fox puppies. eagle has fewer eaglets than the European ones.
Photos: Ole Zeeb Andersen
Still, many people are under the impression that
»there are now many more eagles than there
used to be«. This is quite understandable and
the reason is most likely that we see white-tailed
eagles more often and closer than two or three
decades ago. This is due to the fact that some
eagles now live and breed closer to towns and
we see them at a closer range in the winter.
These new generations of eagles, which have not
tried to be shot at, are, therefore, less shy and For three decades Frank Wille has worked
like to get their food and circle closer to humans with mapping the population of
who are out in their boats. white-tailed eagles in the whole of
The white-tailed eagle in this way repays the Greenland and studying their
better treatment given to it by giving us unique behaviour.
experiences in nature – that we can observe In later years the work has been
them and get the opportunity to photograph especially concentrated on communi-
them at a closer range. cating the knowledge about the
During the last ten years the Nature School of eagles, especially via posters, brochures
Nuuk has sailed approximately 1,500 people and trips into nature.
(mostly children) to eyries, and there the eagles Frank Wille and Ole Zeeb Andersen
have got used to the presence of humans – at an are today co-operating on a continuation
acceptable distance to the eagles. This increased of the white-tailed eagle project, based
recreational pleasure is obvious and is a result of on eight to ten couples of white-tailed
the fact that we are now treating these fantastic eagles living around Nuuk (Godthaab),
birds better. via a video and a book project.
We are sure that our descendants will praise us for
this positive change of attitude, which has enabled Pho
the white-tailed eagle to survive in Greenland. le
The American President, George W. Bush, received
Greenland stamps as a birthday present from the
Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen
PHOTOS BY: SCANPIX
TEXT BY: SØREN NICOLAJ KORSHØJ
When the President of the United States, George President Bush was presented with nine Green- What makes these stamps so special is the fact
W. Bush, left Denmark heading for the G8 meet- land stamps, the so-called »American Issue«, by that they were produced in the United States by
ing in Scotland, he carried a very special present Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. the American Bank Note Company after
in Air Force One: A small collection of During the months before the Danish liberation Greenland had been cut off from Denmark
Greenland stamps with a very special history and in 1945, the stamps were printed in the values during World War II. In connection with the
a high symbolic value. 1, 5, 7, 10, 15 Øre and 1, 2 and 5 Kroner with surrender of Germany, a number of the stamps
On his 59th birthday, which the American designs ranging from a seal over a sled dog team, were overprinted with the text: »Danmark befriet
President and his wife celebrated with the Danish an eider, a polar bear and a kayaker to King 5. maj 1945« (Denmark Liberated on 5th May
Prime Minister and his wife at a private function Christian X on horseback. 1945). Here the story, according to the Danish
at the Prime Minister's ofﬁcial residence, They were issued on 1st February 1945. newspaper »Weekendavisen«, becomes interesting
During his visit to Denmark in July, the President of the United States
was presented with a special birthday present by the Danish Prime
Minister. The present, with an extremely great symbolic value, was the
so-called »American Issue«, a small collection of Greenland stamps from
World War II. The »American Issue« consists of nine stamps issued in
Greenland in February 1945, when the War was in its ﬁnal stages.
Contrary to all other Greenland stamps, which are printed in
Denmark, the »American Issue« was printed in the United States
because the overprint was carried out at the prin- POST Greenland, Filatelia, issued in 1995 on Liberated on 5th May 1945). It is impossible to
ters of the Danish delegation, the private the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the libe- decide whether the overprint was carried out on
Commercial Stationery Company. ration. These were reprints of the original stamp the initiative of Denmark. Under all the circum-
According to »Weekendavisen«, the unauthorised designs, only with an overprint of the values. stances it is likely that the Danish ambassador,
print meant that there was no control with the – »We were aware of the article in the Henrik Kaufmann, as the most senior manager
number of stamps being overprinted and how. »Weekendavisen« last Friday, but did not think of the Danish – Greenlandic administration in
The print was, among other things, turned so much of the philatelic value and history, as of the United States, approved the idea.
upside down, and the wrong colours were used. the symbolic value of Denmark – Greenland – Please note that we have quoted the »Weekend-
The story did not turn up until 60 years after the the United States, World War II and the United avisen«, which has used extracts from Torben
liberation. Ofﬁcial sources have not wanted to States of America as a symbol of liberty« Hjørne's books on the subject.
comment on the matter, even though, over the – says the special adviser to the Danish Prime
years, several stamp collectors and experts have Minister, Michael Kristiansen.
been surprised at the method used. Michael Kristiansen does not expect that they
The sequence of events was revealed by some- will be put up on the walls of the Oval Room, Buy the very interesting PARCEL POST
what of a coincidence, because the philatelist and but that the present, like all other presents to the book about the birth, culture and ﬁrst stamp
writer Torben Hjørne, who has published three American President, will eventually end up in a of modern Greenland
books about the postal history of Greenland, museum.
stumbled on some documents in – »This can be a funny little detail, where The author of the book is Flemming Petersen,
The Danish National Archives. Denmark and Greenland will make their mark in Greenland collector and President of the
It was, however, not the misprints with which relation to the United States« he says. Frederiksberg (in Copenhagen) Philatelic
President Bush was presented by Anders Fogh There are several versions of these stamps. Most Society. Flemming draws on his enormous
Rasmussen, but the stamps with the regular common is the original version of 1st February knowledge of both history and stamps. The
»Danmark befriet 5. maj 1945« (Denmark 1945. But round about the liberation in May result is an extremely interesting account in text
Liberated on 5th May 1945) overprint. Among 1945, an idea was born: 30,000 of the original and illustrations.
collectors the stamps have a value of about DKK 100,000 sets of Greenland stamps were to go This Jubilee Book of 60 richly illustrated pages
7,000. through the printing machine once again and will be issued at the end of the year
Apart from the »original« American issue, Mr receive a so-called overprint of the message – but may be pre-ordered now: Item number
Bush was also presented with the reprint, which »Danmark befriet 5. maj 1945« (Denmark 01303024 – Price: DKK 200.00.
The 100th Anniversary of the PARCEL POST stamp
While other countries are celebrating the Subsequently the Greenlandic connections to Denmark widow. Postally speaking, it is easiest to understand the
150th anniversary of the introduction of were gradually extended and can be divided into periods: period if it is divided up into shorter periods.
their stamps these years, Greenland can Period 1.1905 - 1909 - »Direktoratet for den Kgl. 1925 - 1930: The original rates for the despatch of
celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Grønlandske Handel« (The Directorate of The packages of 1 Øre per pound, at least 10 Øre per par-
PARCEL POST stamp, which was issued in Royal Greenland Trade Department). The name cel, still apply. In 1927 the PARCEL POST stamps
1905. Stamps were introduced world-wide for practical was used on despatch notes as well as in Copenhagen were included in the savings stamp scheme of Northern
and economical reasons but, with the issue of the in transit cancellations on mail from Greenland. A Greenland and 86% of the sale of PARCEL POST
PARCEL POST stamp in Greenland, much more was missionary station »Nordstjernen« (The North Star) stamps were used for this purpose. From 1930: The
at stake. The collection and study of PARCEL POST was founded in Thule and the Danish Expedition PARCEL POST stamps were given a new status, as
stamps and, especially the history behind the stamps and explored the east coast of Greenland. For the cancellation separate postage for parcels between The Royal
the cancellations used, make a signiﬁcant contribution in of the PARCEL POST stamps, a small shield Greenland Trade Department in Copenhagen and
acknowledging the history of Greenland. From 1905, cancellation featuring a polar bear was used. Greenland was introduced. Parcels passing through the
8 Denmark showed a strongly increasing interest in Period 2. 1909 - 1912: »Administrationen for Danish Post Ofﬁce were to be franked with Danish
Greenland and a settlement regarding the nationality of Kolonierne i Grønland« (The Administration of the stamps and, for transport to and from Greenland,
the different areas of Greenland was drawing to a close. Colonies of Greenland). The name implies that new PARCEL POST stamps were to be used. Consequently,
At that time Danish nationality was limited to individual, laws and regulations had by this time extended into the despatch notes with both Danish stamps and
TEXT BY: FLEMMING PETERSEN, PRESIDENT OF THE »FREDERIKSBERG STAMP SOCIETY«
established colonies as well as an area of 15 miles Danish spheres of interest in Greenland. By request, Greenland PARCEL POST stamps are known from
around them. Angmagssalik, on the east coast of Knud Rasmussen established his own private trading this period. Rates were increased substantially and
Greenland, was founded as a trading and missionary post at Thule and, ﬁnally, in 1909 the quest for the postage for a parcel of 6 kg went up from 12 Øre to
station in 1894. In 1905 the Directorate of The Royal North Pole proved successful. The name was also used 190 Øre. In 1936 day cancellation was introduced.
Greenland Trade Department had applied for permission in cancellations of this period. Greenland's own stamps were introduced in Western
to issue its own stamps, as was practised in Iceland and Period 3. 1913 - 1925: »Styrelsen af Kolonierne i Greenland in 1938, on the east coast in 1939 and,
the Danish West Indies, which then had the status of Grønland« (The Directorate of the Colonies of ﬁnally, Thule introduced Greenland's own stamps on
being Danish colonies. Greenland). During this period it was announced that 1st January1940. In connection with the change to
Permission was, however, only granted to use a small the Peary Canal was non-existent, the 200th anniversa- Greenland's own stamps, PARCEL POST stamps were
stamp to be stuck on parcels as a receipt that postage ry of Hans Egede's arrival to Greenland was celebrated rendered invalid.
had been paid. The PARCEL POST stamp was here- with »the great royal visit« in 1921 and the sale of the
with born. The text on the stamp did not, however, Danish West Indies paved the way for the United
contain the name »Grønland« (Greenland), and the States, Great Britain and many others accepting Danish
geographical area where the stamps could be used was requests with regard to Greenland. After the sale of the
also limited to the part of Greenland which, at that Danish West Indies, it became possible for collectors WILL BE ISSUED AT
time, was regarded as being Danish. The PARCEL and others to buy PARCEL POST stamps, which again THE END OF 2005
POST stamp was produced in three values: 1-, 5- and resulted in existing sheets with imperforate edges being (see next page)
10-Øre. The stamp was designed by the artist Gerhard post-perforated at the request of collectors. In 1924 it
Heilmann and printed at H.H. Thiele's Printing was also possible to reach an agreement with Norway, 01100357
Works. In a letter dated 9th June 1905 the Directorate giving the Norwegians rights on the east coast of 100th Anniversary
accepted the forwarded colour samples and ordered Greenland for a period. The Scoresbysund colony was - PARCEL POST stamp
400 sheets of the 1- and 10-Øre values as well as 200 founded. Cancellations were also changed to the new
sheets of the 5-Øre value. The stamps were ordered name.
Issue date: 31.10.2005
perforated and gummed. The ﬁrst scheduled postal Period 4. From 1925 till 31-12-1939 - »Grønlands
20 stamps per sheet
communication / ship's departure for Greenland after Styrelse« (The Directorate of Greenland). Politically
Printing method: Offset
receipt of the stamps was by the ship Hans Egede. The speaking, the dispute about the nationality of
Paper: TR4 yellow ﬂuorescent
stamps were not for sale and the earliest known package Greenland was concluded at the International Court of
Artist: Gerhard Heilmann
on which these stamps were used is from 1909. For Justice in The Hague in 1933 and the verdict was in
Layout: Morten Stürup
parcels to and from Greenland, to be handled by the favour of Denmark. In 1937 the Danish Government
Danish Post Ofﬁce, normal Danish rules applied and took over the Trading Post at Thule, which at that time
50.50 mm x 43.26 mm
Danish stamps were to be used on despatch notes. belonged to Dagmar Rasmussen, Knud Rasmussen's
PARCEL POST stamp – Special Issue Jens Rosing's 80th Birthday
While other countries can celebrate the 150th anniversary of the
introduction of their stamps these years, Greenland can celebrate On 28th July 2005 the Greenlandic
the 100th anniversary of the PARCEL POST stamp, which was artist Jens Rosing reached the age of
issued in 1905. eighty. Jens Rosing is one of the best-
Stamps were introduced for practical and economical reasons but, known interpreters of Greenlandic
with the issue of the PARCEL POST stamp in Greenland, much tradition as well as a creative artist,
more was at stake, as this was a part in the political events regard- writer and illustrator.
ing Greenland, whose future was being shaped during those years. As the creator of more than 150
POST Greenland will celebrate the 100th anniversary with a Greenland stamp designs from 1957
stamp issue in three parts. The ﬁrst stamp in the series will be to 2001, Jens Rosing is quite simply
issued on 31st October 2005. the »Grand Old Man« of
In this connection POST Greenland will also issue a Jubilee Book, Greenland stamps.
containing the ﬁrst stamp with space to insert the two subsequent Herewith POST Greenland, a little
stamps in the series. belatedly, would like to convey our
The author of the book is Flemming Petersen, Greenland collector very best wishes to Jens Rosing on
and President of the Frederiksberg (in Copenhagen) Philatelic the occasion of his great day.
An example of Jens Rosing's 9
Society. Flemming draws on his
enormous knowledge of both stamp art can be seen on the
history and stamps. The result is PAKKE-PORTO
n depicted blackprint, which was produced on the occasion of the
PARCEL POSTA i Grønland
an extremely interesting account GE in Greenl
PAKET-PORTO and artist's 70th birthday (the blackprint is no longer available).
O i Grønland
in text and illustrations. 1905 - 2005
This Jubilee Book of 60 richly
illustrated pages will be issued 01100355
at the end of the year Christmas Stamp 1/05
- but may be pre-ordered now: DKK 5.25
Item number 01303024 Issue Date: 31.10.2005
50 stamps per sheet
– Price: DKK 200.00.
Printing method: Offset
Paper: TR4 yellow ﬂuorescent
A Whole Year, before it will be Christmas Again! Artist: Miki Jacobsen
Outside Measurements: 31.08 mm x 23.60 mm
As a child in Sisimiut, I experienced the magic of to us children.
BY MIKI JACOBSEN, CHRISTMAS STAMP ARTIST
Christmas in a beautiful glass globe reﬂecting the On this point 01100356
decorated Christmas tree and the world around our gift traditions Christmas Stamp 2/05
me in all the colours of the rainbow. vary from yours. DKK 6.00
Santa Claus and my parents would hang up the Here the Issue Date: 31.10.2005
glass globe so we could see it at eye level, among all children are 50 stamps per sheet
the lights and the decoration on the beautiful tree. allowed to open Format: B-horizontal
Printing method: Offset
Outside there was sure to be snow and northern the beautiful parcels in
Paper: TR4 yellow ﬂuorescent
lights among thousands of stars to light up the the morning of Christmas Eve, giving the adults Artist: Miki Jacobsen
dark Arctic winter. peace to prepare the gifts of the table, where Outside Measurements: 31.08 mm x 23.60 mm
Crunchy kamik soles would make a crisp sound in dates from distant places would contribute to
the snow, and our ear lobes had to be pushed well rousing my imagination and joy at participating 01301110
into the hoods of our anoraks against the dry cold. in this celebration of light, for from Christmas Christmas Stamp Booklet No. 10
We were all festively dressed for these special onward days will be lighter… DKK 67.50
Issue Date: 31.10.2005
days…and all of us made our way to church on – and we had to look forward to next
Printing method: Offset
foot for the morning service, together with most Christmas for nearly a whole year! Paper: TR4
of the other inhabitants of the town.
We were all in our Sunday best…. Merry Christmas!
Afterwards there would be coffee and fresh buns. Miki Jacobsen The booklet contains self-adhesive stamps
The morning of Christmas Eve was very special email@example.com
Edible Plants Introduction of Ina Jürgensen, who below describes
Ina Rosing's beautiful stamps featuring ﬂowers.
»I moved from Denmark to Angmagssalik, now Tasiilaq, with my family in
On 31st October 2005 POST Greenland will issue the last three stamps 1974. For the last 15 years I have been employed at the school in Tasiilaq.
of the series »Edible Plants«, this time featuring: Scottish Lovage, Rose My passion for Greenlandic ﬂora began in 1974. From the beginning of
Root and Mountain Sorrel. Below you will ﬁnd a description of the May I go for walks in the mountains nearly
three plants, written by the watercolour painter Ina Jürgensen. every day to see what ﬂowers have opened or
what is just coming up. My delight and
fascination of these small creations of nature
Issue date: 31.10.2005 Paper: TR4 yellow ﬂuorescent increase year by year. For the last ﬁve years
40 stamps per sheet Artist: Ina Rosing I have combined my interest in plants
Format: G-horizontal Outside measurements: with my other great passion, watercolour
Printing method: Offset 39.52 mm x 28.84 mm painting.«
Scottish Lovage (Ligusticum scoticum) (Kuanniusaq) Mountain Sorrel (Oxyria digyna) (Seernaq)
Scottish lovage belongs to the family of Umbelliferae, just like angelica, but is smaller. Mountain sorrel belongs to the family of Polygonaceae. It is perennial, has a thick yellow
It grows on the south-west coast of Greenland as far north as Nuuk. It can reach a rootstock, and grows to a height of approximately 40 cms. The plant is dioecious. Its
height of approximately 60 cms, it has reddish, hollow stems and shiny, smooth dark leaves are long-stemmed, smooth and reniform, thereby differing from the other
green leaves and emits a strong smell. It is in ﬂower during July - August with small, Greenlandic species of the sorrel family. The leaves are rich in vitamin C and have a
white ﬂowers in umbels. The whole plant can be used as seasoning. The young leaves, fresh and acid taste. The inﬂorescence is compact and knotty. The leaves are red at the
ﬂowers and unripe seeds in salads etc., older leaves, ripe seeds and roots in stews. It edges and develop glowing autumn colours. Mountain sorrel grows in snow patches,
does not have the same perfumed taste as lovage, but a fullness that is reminiscent of a on rock walls, in moist crevices, thickets, heaths and most other plant communities in
mixture of parsley, celery, angelica and, of course, lovage. The stems can be crystallised Greenland, though not too dry. The ﬁrst tender shoots of leaves of mountain sorrel
like angelica. When ground, the seeds can be used could be seen (in Tasiilaq) at the end of April (2005).
as a substitute for pepper. A month later they were growing abundantly in town
and in the mountains.
Scottish Lovage Mountain Sorrel
DKK 0.75 DKK 8.25
Rose Root (Rhodiola rosea) (Sorlak) Souvenir Folder - Edible Plants II
Rose root belongs to the stonecrop family (Crassulaceae). It is perennial, its ﬂowers are If you are curious to learn new recipes for food with a Greenlandic
unisexual, and the plant is dioecious, meaning that the ﬂowers on the individual plants ﬂavour, or if you just like beautiful Greenland stamps, you should
are either male or female. The rootstock is thick and scaly; the inside is yellow and
invest in POST Greenland's new souvenir folder »Edible Plants II«. It
aromatic. Both rootstock and leaves are edible. The leaves have a slightly bitter taste,
contains food recipes and descriptions of Greenlandic edible plants as
similar to Brussels sprouts. Rose root is easy to distinguish from all other plants in
well as two of each of the three different stamps issued in the series in
Greenland. It has a strong, upright stem, and all the way up on the side of this, there
are thick, juicy, bluish green leaves with serrated edges. The leaves are covered by a thin
layer of wax. The ﬂower is at the top of the stem like a big, yellow corymb. In certain
places it can also be seen with reddish ﬂowers. Rose root grows in tufts and can reach a
height of approximately 20 cms. It grows on rock walls
and in crevices, hillsides, in fertile heaths and thickets. 01303026
It is in ﬂower in June and July, and in the autumn it Souvenir Folder
turns a strong yellowish orange and is almost luminescent. Edible Plants II
01100353 DKK 31.00
Rose Root Issue date: 31.10.2005
If you are a subscriber, you can look forward to our annual draw. POST Greenland
will make a draw from all subscribers for this year's main prize – a traditional ice
bucket, manufactured by the local Tasiilaq artist, Tobias Magnussen.
If you are not a subscriber, be quick to take out a subscription to Greenland stamps. G-337 G-338 G-339
All you need to do is to ﬁll in the order form with your name and address as well
as details of your preferred subscription. Deadline for the receipt of your subscription
order is 1st November 2005.
The History of the Ice Bucket:
The ice bucket had already been invented in Eastern Greenland in 1884 when G-340 G-341 G-342
Gustav Holm arrived. It is presumed that the people here acquired the idea from
barrels from whaling ships which were occasionally wrecked in the treacherous drift
ice, after which the barrels were washed ashore.
The bucket was used to melt ice for drinking water; the sides of the most reﬁned
buckets were decorated with small bone ﬁgures, and they also had a built-in
drinking straw, so it was easy to drink the fresh ice water. G-343 G-344 G-345
The slightly larger buckets without ﬁgures were used under the bed for collecting
urine, which was used for washing hair and tanning seal
hides. The ice bucket is still manufactured today by the
original method for exhibitions and for sale as an
The winner of the draw will be personally notiﬁed of
G-346 G-347 G-348
the good news by our head of sales. Together with the
winners of the consolation prizes, the winner's name
will be announced in Greenland Collector No. 1 of
G-349 G-350 G-351
VOTE FOR THE STAMP OF THE YEAR 2005
Repeating the success of previous years, we herewith call upon our collectors,
readers and other people interested to vote for the most beautiful Greenland
stamp of this year. Each of the 21 stamps POST Greenland is issuing during
2005 is eligible for vote. See the reproduction of the stamps on this page. As
G-352 G-353 G-354
always, only one vote per person is allowed.
Once again we shall have a draw for a ﬁrst prize in the form of a piece of
beautiful East Greenlandic handicraft. In addition, there will be a draw for
10 »consolation prizes« in the form of beautiful Greenlandic philatelic gifts.
As always, we shall draw from all ballots received.
Take part in the vote for the '2005 Greenland
Stamp of the Year'. Fill in this coupon and send G-355 G-356 G-357
it to POST Greenland, Filatelia, in Tasiilaq or
visit www.stamps.gl and vote on-line.
Deadline for receipt of your vote is Monday
31st October 2005. Elect stamp and send the coupon in an envelope to:
The winner of the ﬁrst prize and the winning POST GREENLAND, FILATELIA, P.O. BOX 121,
stamp will be announced in Greenland 3913 TASIILAQ, GREENLAND
Collector in December 2005. Stam p of the yea Do not forget to state your name and address on
r 2004 the back of the envelope!!! My vote goes to: G-
Final sale In the next issue, read about:
• Stamp Programme 2006
on 30th November 2005 • Sisimiut - 250th Anniversary
• Additional Value Stamp - »Crown Prince
The following stamps will be withdrawn from our 01100329. 14.05.2004 Frederik's Foundation«
sales list on 30th November 2005, provided they Additional Value stamp »The • The EUROPA stamp - 50th Anniversary
are not sold out prior to this date. Any remaining • PARCEL POST II
Society of Greenlandic Children«
• Norse Mythology II (The Mother of the
stock will be shredded. DKK 5.00 + 0.50 Sea and The Mistress of the Weather)
• The Nordic Association - 50th
01100293. 24.06.2002 Anniversary
Nordlyset 01100331. 18.10.2004 • Report from the »Frimærker i Forum
DKK 2.00 Constance 2005« Exhibition
DKK 6.50 • The Winner of the »Greenland Stamp of
the Year 2005« Competition
01100294. 24.06.2002 • The Winner of the Annual Draw among
Hvidbjørnen 01100335. 18.10.2004 Subscribers
• Final Sale on 31st March
DKK 4.00 Christmas Stamp 1/04
DKK 5.00 • And much more…
Kalaallit Nunaat Grønland
12 NINA SPORE KREUTZMANN del. 2004
Distribution of the
Stærkodder 01100336. 18.10.2004 Greenland Christmas Seal
So far POST Greenland has, in accordance
DKK 6.00 Christmas Stamp 2/04
with a joint agreement between Juullip
DKK 5.50 Nipitittagaa (The Greenland Christmas
Kalaallit Nunaat Grønland
Seal Committee) and POST Greenland,
NINA SPORE KREUTZMANN del. 2004
01100296. 24.06.2002 been responsible for the distribution and sale
Haabet 01106251. 13.08.1999 of the Greenland Christmas Seal. As this
DKK 16.00 Souvenir Sheet - Vikings I agreement expires this year, Juullip
DKK 23.00 Nipitittagaa (The Greenland Christmas Seal
Committee) will take over the distribution
01100311. 16.06.2003 of the Christmas Seal themselves. In future,
Comb 01106259. 21.02.2000 orders, changes of address or enquiries
DKK 0.25 Souvenir Sheet - Vikings II concerning your Christmas Seal subscription
DKK 29.75 should be directed to: Juullip Nipitittagaa,
The Greenland Christmas Seal Committee,
P.O. BOX 97, 3900 Nuuk, Phone/Fax
01100313. 20.10.2003 (+299) 32 24 34, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma 01106273. 05.02.2001
DKK 6.75 Souvenir Sheet - Vikings III
On payment – please, always state your name
and your customer number to make sure that
01100314. 20.10.2003 your payment is registered correctly as quickly
Gamle Fox 01106299. 21.10.2002 as possible.
DKK 7.75 Souvenir Sheet »ICES 100 Years«
PS: WE REGRET THAT WE CAN
01100315. 20.10.2003 NO LONGER ACCEPT CHEQUES
Godthaab 01106308. 20.10.2003 As banker's fees for cashing cheques are too
DKK 8.75 Additional Value Souvenir Sheet high in relation to most purchases, we no
»Santa Claus of Greenland« longer accept cheques. We therefore request
DKK 22.00 all our customers to pay via our bank or
01100316. 20.10.2003 giro accounts or by various credit cards.
01301109. 18.10.2004 Kilo Ware is temporarily sold out: POST
Christmas Stamp Booklet No. 9 Greenland no longer sells Kilo Ware as the
DKK 63.00 product is at present completely sold out.
You can visit our new website and ﬁll in the coupon in 5 minutes !
The Copenhagen Exhibition
»Frimærker i Forum 2005«
Help us to improve
11th - 13th November Send this coupon to us, not forgetting to state your name and address on the
POST Greenland is very much looking forward to opening the envelope: POST Greenland, Filatelia, P.O. Box 121, 3913 Tasiilaq,
TEXT BY: HEAD OF SALES SØREN NICOLAJ KORSHØJ
doors of »Frimærker i Forum«. Greenland - POST Greenland will make a draw for 50 beautiful philatelic
Once again we shall have a wide range of activities at our stand, prizes from all replies received.
reﬂecting the history and culture of Greenland. This year the
main theme of »Frimærker i Forum« will be gastronomy. POST Age:_________________________________________________________
Greenland has hired two renowned chefs, who will prepare samples
of Greenlandic food. We shall also have a visit by a lecturer who
will lecture on edible plants and fungi. These plants and fungi Total income of family:___________________________________________
have previously been featured on our stamps, which are also
Municipality of Residence:________________________________________
available in the pertaining souvenir folders with recipes. The
historic ﬂavour will be added by the PARCEL POST stamp, If you collect several countries, what country will you give the lowest priority?
which has played an important part with regard to Greenlandic 13
ties to Denmark. You can read or hear more about all this at the _____________________________________________________________
stand, where stamp expert Flemming Petersen will give a lecture
Please state in the form below how satisﬁed or dissatisﬁed you are with
on the history of the PARCEL POST stamp and present the
POST Greenland, Filatelia, – please tick off:
book, being issued on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of
the PARCEL POST stamp. Make sure to be there and taste the Neither
exciting Greenlandic specialities and meet the staff of POST satisﬁed Very
Greenland at stand 11, where we are looking forward to wel-
Very nor dis- Dis- dis- Don’t
coming you with our last new issues as well as providing advice
satisﬁed Satisﬁed satisﬁed satisﬁed satisﬁed know
Practical information: Customer
Place: «Forum« in Copenhagen, Julius Thomsens Plads 1,
1925 Frederiksberg C Service
Entrance fee: DKK 20.00 Greenland
Opening hours: Friday 11th Nov. 05 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Collector
Saturday 12th Nov. 05 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 13th Nov. 05 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. POST
»Ships in Greenlandic Filatelia
Waters over 1000 Years«
Price: Please, write a comment, especially if you are not satisﬁed:________________
Volume 1: DKK 179.00 _____________________________________________________________
Volume 2: DKK 199.00
Slip Case: DKK 59.00 _____________________________________________________________
(prices without postage) _____________________________________________________________
Postal Code/Town/Country: ______________________________________
News from POST Greenland
On Monday 31st October 2005 Envelopes to be cancelled with these ﬁve special During this period the advertisement will also be
POST Greenland will replace the cancellations must be received by POST used in the stamp cancellation machine at POST
regular day cancellation at the post Greenland, Filatelia, no later than the day before Greenland, Filatelia.
ofﬁce of the settlement Akunaaq at the opening of the respective exhibitions.
Franked and addressed letters to be cancelled with
3950 Aasiaat. The replacement is due to
Apart from the above listed exhibitions, POST this advertisement are to be sent directly to the
wear and tear. Envelopes to be cancelled with last
Greenland will also participate in the following post ofﬁces in the above
and ﬁrst day cancellations must be received by
exhibitions up to the end of 2005: Hersfeld, towns.
POST Greenland, Filatelia, no later than Friday
Germany, 21st - 23rd October - »59ème Salon
28th October 2005. During the period 1st -
Philatélique d'Automne«, Paris, 10th - 13th
25th December the
»The Greenlandic Society« will celeb- November.
post ofﬁce in 3910 Kangerlussuaq (Søndre
05.11. 2005 rate its 100th anniversary on 5th
PLEASE NOTE: There will Strømfjord) will also use the advertisement cancel-
November 2005. POST Greenland
be NO special cancellations lation »Christmas Greetings from Greenland« in
will commemorate the occasion with a
for these exhibitions. the stamp cancellation machine. Franked and
special cancellation. Envelopes for cancelling must
addressed letters to be cancelled with this cancella-
be received by POST Greenland, Filatelia, no later The cancellation advertise-
tion are to be sent directly to:
than the day before this anniversary. ment »2412 Santa Claus Greenland« will be used
14 on all outgoing mail from POST Greenland,
Exhibition cancellations: TELE-POST Centre, Block L (B-50),
Filatelia, in 3913 Tasiilaq during the period 17th
Until the end of 2005 POST Greenland will parti- 3910 Kangerlussuaq, GREENLAND
October - 30th December 2005.
cipate in the following stamp exhibitions:
• »Philatelia und Münz Expo«, Cologne, 22nd - The advertisement cancellati-
24th September on »Send juleposten i god
• »Tag der Briefmarke '05«, Sindelﬁngen, tid« (Send your Christmas
28th-30th October Philatelia und Münz Expo,
Köln mail early) will be used in
• »Vejle Frim. 05«, Vejle, 29th- the stamp cancellation machines during the period
30th October 1st - 30th November 2005 at the following 8
• »Frimærker i Forum 2005«, 28.-30.10.2005 Greenlandic post ofﬁces:
3900 Nuuk (Godthåb)
3910 Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord)
• »150th Anniversary
3911 Sisimiut (Holsteinsborg)
Exhibition«, Oslo, 17th -
3912 Maniitsoq (Sukkertoppen)
3920 Qaqortoq (Julianehåb)
3950 Aasiaat (Egedesminde)
Special Greenland cancellations will be produced
3952 Ilulissat (Jakobshavn)
for these ﬁve above-mentioned exhibitions.
3970 Pitufﬁk (Thule Air Base)
New Head of Sales CORRECTION: We have improved our website substantially and
On 1st September 2005, POST Greenland, The printing method of the three stamps of look forward to hearing your opinion.
Filatelia, said goodbye to Head of Sales Lars the Science Series, issued on 20th June 2005, View the latest news, information and facts on
Anker-Møller, who has decided to look for is Steel engraving / Offset (Combination). our stamps and stamp artists
new challenges. Already on 1st July we said – or read Greenland Collector on the website.
hello to the new Head of Sales of Filatelia, We regret that in Greenland Collector No. 2, It is easy to get a quick general view
Søren Korshøj (aged 47), who came to us from May 2005, we inadvertently published incor- – so now it is much easier to order Greenland
a position as Sales Manager with the Danish rect information regarding the printing stamps and philatelic products.
newspaper B.T. We bid him a hearty welcome. method of the three stamps in the Science You can also ﬁnd information about your own
During the summer Philatelic Manager Søren Series, Item Nos.: 01100348 - 350. We stated account and your subscription.
Rose moved from the postal headquarters in that the printing method was steel engraving. Send us a mail with your honest opinion
Nuuk to Denmark in order to be closer to The correct information is, however, that the – We look forward to hearing from you.
POST Greenland's collaborators and, at the printing method of the three stamps is Steel
same time, be able to participate in more engraving /Offset (Combination). Take part in our Customer Satisfaction Analysis
events. and in the draw for 50 beautiful philatelic prizes!
Please send your orders / amendments to: Switzerland: Postscheckamt, Ofﬁce de cheques One-year deadline
POST Greenland, Filatelia postaux, Ufﬁcio dei conti correnti postali, for claims
P.O. Box 121, 3913 Tasiilaq, GREENLAND 4040 Basel. Account No.: 40-6773-5. Any claims concern-
Phone: (+45) 7026 0550 and (+299) 98 11 55 IBAN: CH37 0900 0000 4000 6773 5, BIC (SWIFT ing stamps or phila-
Fax: (+299) 98 14 32 code): POFiCHBE telic items purchased
Email: email@example.com from POST Greenland
Germany: Postbank, Niederlassung Hamburg, must reach POST
Any change in name, address and/or subscription Überseering 26, 22297 Hamburg. Greenland, Filatelia, no later
must be received by POST Greenland, Filatelia, no Account No.: 541414200, BLZ 200 100 20. than one year from the last day
later than 5 weeks prior to an issue. IBAN: DE03 2001 0020 0541 414200, BIC (SWIFT of the month in which the items were
code): PBNKDEFF despatched. The date of the postmark, or possibly
NOTE: On payment - please, make sure you always the invoice, indicates the date of despatch.
state your name and your customer number. United Kingdom: Alliance & Leicester Commercial
Please do not write your order on a giro transfer Bank plc., Bridle Road, Bootle, Merseyside, Fees for registered letters and parcels despatched
form as these are processed by computers. Liverpool GIR 0AA. Account No.: 358 7118. from Greenland
IBAN: GB69GIRB72000003587118 The fee for registered letters within Greenland or
How to pay: to Europe (including Denmark and the Faroes) is
Your payments can be made by giro to one of the Luxembourg: Postes et Telecommunications, DKK 45.00. E.g.: Postage for a registered letter 15
accounts mentioned below, by credit card, by inter- Division des Postes, Service des Cheques Postaux, stamped with DKK 6.00 (max. 20 g) amounts to
national reply coupons or by cash in Danish Secretariat, 38 Place de la Gare, 1090 Luxembourg. DKK 51.00. For surcharge on mail to overseas, see:
Kroner, Euro or US Dollars only. It is no longer pos- Account No.: 26606-28. www.post.gl
sible to pay by cheque. IBAN: LU18 1111 0266 0628 0000, BIC (SWIFT code):
CCPLLULL Payment within 30 days
Giro: Payment of our invoices is to be made within 30
France: La Poste, Centre Régional des Services days from the date of the invoice.
Denmark: BG Bank A/S, Girostrøget 1, 0800 Høje Financiers, de la Poste en ile-de-France, We kindly ask you to note that the registration of
Taastrup, Account No.: 1199-940 4120 16 rue de Favorites, 75900 Paris. Account No.: your payments will take approximately two weeks
IBAN: DK98 30000009404120, BIC (SWIFT Code): 250.01 F020. or more. Therefore, you may receive an invoice
DABADKKK IBAN: FR51 3004 1000 0100 2500 1 F02 022, BIC with a balance which does not include your recent
(SWIFT code): PSSTFRPPPAR payments.
Sweden: Postgirot Bank AB (publ), Vasagatan 7,
105 06 Stockholm. Account No.: 41 45-9. If you are not resident in Denmark and use our Exchange of Stamps
IBAN: SE9795000099602600041459, BIC (SWIFT account 1199-940 4120, you will be charged a POST Greenland, Filatelia, exchanges only old
code): NDEASESS handling fee for each transaction by Euro Giro. stamps (stamps no longer on our sales list) into
new stamps (stamps on our sales list) at the cus-
Norway: Postbanken, Kunderegister Bedrift, 0021 Credit cards: tomer's choice. No more than 3 exchanges free of
Oslo. Account No.: 7878.06.55312. Dankort, Eurocard/MasterCard, JCB, VISA charge at maximum DKK 100.00 each, per cus-
IBAN: NO44 78780655312, BIC (SWIFT code): tomer per year. When exceeding a total of 3 x DKK
DNBANOKK Cash: 100.00, POST Greenland, Filatelia, will charge a fee
- DKK, Euro or US Dollars only - to be sent by of 45% of the total value. The fee of 45% must
Finland: SAMPO BANK, UNIONINKATU 22, 00075, registered mail always be paid in cash and is not payable by other
SAMPO. stamps. The maximum annual value of stamps for
Account No.: 800016-70617928. Postal order exchange per customer cannot exceed DKK 50,000
IBAN: Fi2580001670617928, BIC (SWIFT code): IRC (IBRS) in nominal value. For further information, please
PSPBFiHH - International reply coupons: contact POST Greenland, Filatelia.
- value DKK 6.00 each.
The Netherlands: Postbank NV, Account No.: All information on prices, fees etc. are subject to
3487172. IBAN: NL92 PSTB 0003 4871 72, BIC printer's errors.
(SWIFT code): PSTBNL21
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whenever you write, fax,
email or telephone POST
Greenland. We look forward
to offering our continued
assistance with your Anja Panduro Lene Skov Helene Tukula Kristian »Karé« Moses Utuange Holger Amelung Søren Nicolaj Pertti Frandsen
philatelic enquiries. Pedersen Meyhoff Trainee Pivat Senior Clerk Sales Assistant Korshøj Head of Production
Sales Assistant Correspondent Danish, Assistant Clerk Greenlandic, German, Danish, Head of Sales Danish, English,
Danish, English, Danish, English, English. Greenlandic, Danish. English. Danish, English, German.
German. German. Danish. German.
NOTE! The Year Pack 2005
You can order POST Greenland's
Year Pack 2005 already now
If you want to collect Greenland in completeness as far as stamps and souvenir
sheets are concerned, this could be the solution: Once a year POST Greenland
issues a year pack, containing all the stamps and souvenir sheets issued during
the year. So with an investment once a year, you can deﬁnitely make sure that
your collection of Greenland stamps and souvenir sheets will be up to date.
Complete the form below with your name and address, and you will receive
the year pack 2005 at the price of DKK 285.00. At the same time you will
automatically create a subscription to all future issues of year packs.
Account number (if any):
Postal Code: Town:
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