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The Definitive Stamp Series issued by Spain commemorates the proclaimed King, Juan Carlos I

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This stamp issue makes up this year’s Definitive Series which is issued annually featuring King Juan Carlos I. This series aims at “meeting all postage needs established by the postage fees.”

Since November 22 1975 when Juan Carlos I was proclaimed King of Spain, the Definitive Series has been illustrated with a portrait of the monarch which is renewed usually every seven or eight years. The current issue is part of the fifth series that began to be printed in 2007 and in which the royal crown and face value are of a golden colour.

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published May 23rd, 2011

150th anniversary – Fridjof Nansen commemorated by Norway

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Fridjof Nansen 150th anniversary

Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930)’s studies in zoology led to his appointment in 1882 as assistant curator at Bergen Museum. Here he specialised in neuroanatomy, mainly in lower vertebrates.

He formulated path-breaking descriptions of the contact points of nerve cells. His thesis on the structure of the nervous system of the hagfish, which earned him a Ph.D. in 1888, helped to establish the neuron doctrine, a theory of how nerve cells communicate with each other. This theory has made a fundamental contribution to our understanding of how the brain works. Many people regard the ripple effects of Nansen’s work in this field as his greatest contribution to humanity.

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published May 10th, 2011

Estonia Stamp Issue Commemorates the Estonian Figure, Friedebert Tuglas

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Friedebert Tuglas (Mihkelson until 1923, b. 2 March 1886 at Ahja , d. 15 April 1971 in Tallinn) was a writer, critic and translator, who had a leading role in the literary life of the country. He took part in the Russian Revolution of 1905 and since 1906 lived as a political refugee in Finland, Paris, St. Petersburg, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland; since 1917 in Tartu and from 1944 in Tallinn. He was founder of the Siuru literary society, instituted the journals Odamees, Ilo, Tarapita and Looming, was chairman of the Estonian Literary Society and member of several foreign literary and cultural societies and councils. He wrote psychologically tense impressionistic and neo-Romanticist prose, and thanks to his critical writings was one of the most influential trendsetters of new prose. In 1970 he established the Estonian Union of Writers’ short story prize. His house-museum in Tallinn (est. 1971) is now, since 1993, the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre.

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published May 4th, 2011

Estonia Stamp Issue Commemorates the Estonian Figure, Villem Reiman

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Villem Reiman (1861-1917) was an outstanding Estonian public figure – historian, journalist, ardent speaker for the idea of independence, promoter of temperance and the establishment of societies, honorary alumnus of the Estonian Student Society, originator of the fundamental principles of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, paver of the way to independence and its cultural development.

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published April 22nd, 2011