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13 April 2012
5/2012
Commemorative Issue

Personal anniversaries

Norway
Two major Norwegian personalities, both born in 1912, are depicted on the stamps in the personal anniversary series.

Henie portrait  

Henie portrait

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Sonja Henie (1912-69) was barely able to walk the first time she had skates screwed on to her boots. This made people notice her even then. Her father, Wilhelm Henie, did everything in his power to push his wonder child to the top. In 1924, he arranged for her to take part in the Olympic Games in Chamonix. She was eleven years old and the judges placed her last.

Her father was not pleased. Back in Norway, he prescribed harder training and new coaches. Two years later she was Norwegian champion.

In 1927, she won the World Figure Skating Championships in Oslo and the following year an Olympic gold medal in St. Moritz. She won a gold world medal every single year from then until 1936 and she defended her Olympic titles in 1932 (Lake Placid) and in 1936 (Garmisch-Partenkirchen). She turned professional in 1937.

This took her to Hollywood and to roles in eleven films between 1937 and 1958. In 1953 she joined the European Holiday on Ice tour. She married Norwegian shipowner Nils Onstad in 1956 and together they amassed a considerable art collection, which they donated to the B?rum municipal council along with money for a gallery.

The Henie Onstad Art Centre was opened just outside Oslo in 1968.

Henie on the ice  

Henie on the ice

Egner portrait  

Egner portrait

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Thorbjorn Egner (1912-1990) was educated at the National College of Art, Craft and Design. After working for several years as a commercial artist, he began writing children’s stories in 1940. The best known of these is Karius og Baktus.

After the war he joined the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and Saturday Children’sHour. This soon led to a radio play based on Karius og Baktus and a number of songs for children. Egner also composed the signature tune, now a classic, for Children’s Hour.

His work for children awakened an interest in pedagogy and he started compiling Thorbjorn Egner’sReading Books in a total of 16 volumes. He provided most of the texts and illustrations for the first volumes himself, but gradually included contemporary authors and artists in these easy readers. Egner regarded these books as his most important work, though most Norwegians would probably disagree with him.

In addition to Karius og Baktus, he made history with stories like Klatremus og de andre dyrene iHakkebakkeskogen (1953) and Folk og rovere iKardemommeby (1955) and as translator of and radio voice for the Winnie the Pooh and DoctorDoolittle books, all of which earned him a lasting place in Norwegian hearts.

Egner Cardamom Town  

Egner Cardamom Town

Technical Information

NK 1811-1814
Date of issue: 13 April 2012
Values and subjects:
A-domestic: Henie on the ice
A-domestic: Henie portrait
A-domestic: Egner portrait
A-domestic: Egner Cardamom Town
Photo: Sonja Henie Art Center, NTB/Scanpix,
illustration: © Cappelen Damm
Design: Kristin Granli
Method of printing: Offset
Printing house: Joh. Enschedé Security Print.
copyright notice: The source of the text and the images is Norway Post.
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