All new single definitive stamp for parcels - paradigm shift
This was definitely a paradigm shift for Swedish Post issuing policy. A single series definitive stamp for domestic parcels - that had never been seen before. If the old policy would have continued a new Three Crowns with the denomination 3.50 kr would have been issued, or a new definitive series with more than one stamp would have been launched. That did not happen - an era was over!
In April 1966 it was time for a new definitive stamp, the Ale’s Stones. Its main purpose was to cover the rate for domestic parcels, 3 - 5 kg. In that sense one can say that Ale’s Stones succeeded 3 kr blue Three Crowns even if that stamp still was in single use for domestic parcels 1 – 3 kg.
This stamp is regarded one of the best stamps issued during the sixties, with its soft lines, grey shadows and mild olive-green greyish colour. The artist was Gunnar Norrman and it was engraved by Heinz Gutschmidt.
1966, 18 April, 3.50 kr grey/olive-green Ale's Stones,. Qty: 24,500,000
Domestic parcel 3 - 5 kg.
Domestic parcel rates from July 1965 until December 1966:
|- 1 kg||1 - 3 kg||3 - 5 kg||5 - 7 kg||7 - 10 kg||10 - 15 kg||15 - 20 kg|
|2.30 kr||3.00 kr||[3.50 kr]||5.50 kr||8.00 kr||11.00 kr||14.00 kr|