Sunday, 16 August 2015


An envelope plopped through my letter box on Friday and one of the things inside completely changed what I was going to show this week.  A bike bathed in sunlight by a lake, perhaps its owner is relaxing nearby with friends after a leisurely ride or even out sailing on the water. The card is called 'Summer Bike' and and has one of this year's 'Summer Feeling' stamps with whirling fluffy flowery suns. The card features a Jopo bike (a bit of a cult classic in Finland) which was first produced in 1965 and "designed for fun" by the company Helkama.  Still popular today it is handmade from Finnish steel with 24" wheels, pedal brakes and no gears which means there is not a lot that can go wrong.  
The stamp is one of five designed by Pietari Posti encapsulating a perfect dazzling summer's day with rowing, swimming, bike trips, ice cream and strawberries (full set shown here).  The appropriately named Posti graduated from Lahti Polytechnic in southern Finland but now lives in Barcelona, no doubt an excellent move if you want to guarantee perfect summer weather.  Finland seems to be having the same unreliable summer as us this year with cooler than usual temperature

An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - That Summer Time Feeling - more sunny days here 


FinnBadger said...

Posti knocked this set out of the park. I really like the postmark on the card as well.

Bob Scotney said...

The bike is certainly eye-catching.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

As usual, Finland wins the stamp design stakes, though it took me a moment or two to decipher the swimming theme.

VioletSky said...

The swimming theme design is a bit ... odd. But, I love the bike! And I would love to have a bike with no gears and those backwards-pedal-brakes.

(btw, last week was unbearably hot - up to 40C with humidity. so no beach or cycling for me - tree shade and drinks with a good book instead.)