Motala is a small town in Sweden which lays about halfway in a direct line between Goteborg and Stockholm, Sweden. In 1945 the small local post company Motala Budtjänst & Lokalpost was set up. The business operated from 15 March 1945 till 30 June 1947 and delivered mail in the town of Motala and surrounding area’s of Albertstrand, Brinken, Brunnsvik, Duvedal, Holm, Hyddmarken, Motala Verkstad, Samuelsberg, Vätterviken, Zederslund and Östermalm.
In 1969 a small bookwork was published in Sweden about the Motala Lokalpost company. The bookwork contains the historic information behind the company, the stamps and postmarks. The book contains 36 pages and was printed in an edition of 300 examples, which were individually numbered.
For this publication the authors made reprints of the second issue from the original printing plates to be illustrated in the book. The printing plates were at the time of publication part of the Swedish Postal Museum.
This second issue originally contained two stamps and were printed in two different colours and in sheets of 20 stamps.
- 4 Öre yellow green showing Motala radio station, line perforation 11, quantity printed 10.000 stamps.
- 4 Öre brown showing Motala radio station, line perforation 11, quantity printed 10.000 stamps.
- 8 Öre red showing Von Platens statue, line perforation 11, quantity printed 15.000 stamps.
- 8 Öre blue showing Von Platens statue, line perforation 11, quantity printed 15.000 stamps.
The reprints were printed also in 2 different colours from each value and are imperforated.
- 4 Öre green and black.
- 8 Öre red and black.
In the book there was only room reserved for 1 stamp of the 4 Öre green and 8 Öre red. This means that only 300 stamps in these colours have been reprinted.
The 4 Öre and 8 Öre in black the book reserved room for a block of 10 stamps for each value. This means that for each value in black 3000 stamps were printed.
These reprints are sometimes offered as single stamps without the book or mistaken for proofs.
References and links:
Motalas Lokalpost by Allan Fohlin, H.E. Larsson and Bo Olsson, published in 1969
Swedish postal museum: http://www.postmuseum.se/en/