Sunday, 5 May 2013

528 – The Traditional costume of Häme, Finland

Card no 528 - Sini
 A Martta Wendelin picture 
Country Card Sent From: Finland 
Place that Card Sender Lives: Lahti 
Date Received: 30th April 2013 
Distance Travelled: 1,191 miles 
Time Taken: 5 days 

It was obviously my week for traditional costume cards!  Sini tells me that when she was young the range of cards was limited compared to nowadays but she recalls getting a number of Martta Wendelin cards for her birthdays and name days. This girl is wearing the traditional costume of the Province of Häme.

Martta Maria Wendel ( November 23, 1893 , Kymi - March 1, 1986 , Tuusula ) was a Finnish painter. He graduated from high school in 1910 in Kotka Finnish secondary school and then studied at the Helsingin yliopiston piirustussali (Helsinki University of the drawing room). Wendel is known especially for cards and magazine cover images and as a draftsman and illustrator of fairy-tale books.

Wendelin drew about 650 Christmas cards between the years 1931 - 1963 and created almost 30 Christmas characters . He used Finnish national costumes and was instrumental in the transformation of the image of what is the "traditional Finnish Christmas."

I like the unusual shapes of these Finnish stamps.

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