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02 September 2020

Tatu and Patu

Finland: Tatu and Patu, 2 September 2020. Images from Posti Finland.

Technical Specifications:

Issued on: 2020-09-02
Colors: Multicolor
Format: Mini Sheet
Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut
Printing: Offset lithography
Gum: Self-Adhesive
Face value: 6 x Domestic (€1.75 per stamp on day of issue)
Stamp design: Aino Havukainen and Sami Toivonen.

Tatu and Patu to go on an adventure on stamps this fall

The fall’s stamp season will begin next week as, on Wednesday, September 2, Posti will release four new stamp publications with a total of 13 different stamps. The stamps feature Tatu and Patu, graphic art that has won Posti’s art award and a painting of a little dreamer. In addition, September’s stamps celebrate the UN’s International Literacy Day.

Tatu and Patu are characters from a popular children’s book series that have also appeared on stage and silver screen. The duo’s latest conquest is stamps, where Tatu and Patu romp around in their own anarchic, uninhibited style.

Aino Havukainen and Sami Toivonen, the designers and illustrators of the stamps in the booklet, wanted to stretch the limits of traditional stamps and test technical tricks that have not been possible in the books. “This was a nice project as we were given quite a free hand in designing the stamps.”

“We started thinking how Tatu and Patu themselves would see this great honor bestowed on them and what they would do if they had the main responsibility for the project. No wonder that as a result of this weird duo, the stamps in the booklet are all topsy-turvy and there are holes and tears in the stamps,” say Havukainen and Toivonen.

The Tatu and Patu stamp booklet contains six different domestic no-value indicator stamps.


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