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CLASSIC CINDERELLAS NORWAY TRAMWAY STAMPS EKEBERG

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    Posted: 17 April 2010 at 07:10
Norway State Railway EKEBERGBANEN TRAMWAY Delivery Stamp

These stamps are listed in the Brofos Catalog of Railway, Steamship and Carrier Stamps of Norway which is available free at the Scandinavian Collectors' Club site.  

This stamp is from around 1917.   Its noteworthy for the picture of the Tramcar at the bottom of the stamp.

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History of the Ekebergbanen

In 1897, the idea was conceived to organize a suburban railroad which would connect Oslo and Ljan by way of the Ekeberg heights.  In 1899, an application was made for a concession to build and operate an electric line between these points. However, after many delays and repeated reviews by the municipal authorities in Kristiania and Aker; it was not until 1913, by the Royal Resolutions of October 7 and December 11, that the concession was finally granted. The concession was granted for a period of 30 years from the date that traffic commenced on the line. On March 27, 1914, a company was founded and given the name A/S Ekebergbanen. In 1914, construction work on the line was begun and only July 1917, the line was officially opened for traffic. The line which ran from Stortorvet in Oslo to Saeter, ahd a length of 8 kilometers. A side line to SimensbrÃ¥ten was added in 1931 expanding the line another 1.5 kilometers. Ten years later, in 1941, an extension was made from Saeter, at that time the terminus of the line, of one kilometer is a southerly direction to Ljabru, making the total traffic length of the line 10.5 kilometers. Ekebergbanen's concession expired on July 1 1947 but while negotiations were going on regarding the turning over of the line to the Oslo Municipality, an extension was granted until July 1, 1949. Finally an agreement was reached with the private stockholders of the company whereby the majority share of the stock in the Ekeberg Railroad was taken over, as of January 1, 1949, by the Municipality of Oslo.


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'Classic' is an understatement. That catalogue link is fascinating and much appreciated. I shall read and re-read that, and wish I had a collection like that. A real labour of love.
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Thanks very much Steve, My father would have appreciated your comment very much.  If you like our catalog I should also recommend the collected works of FAB.  These are also available gratis on the scc-online website Frederick A. Brofos Essays.   There is a lot of cinderella material described in these writings.  It is my intent to rework some of these as technology now enables me to provide many more illustrations and in color.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 April 2010 at 08:34
It would be nice to find any of these in an auction or sale list. Whether I could afford them is a diferent matter, but I would be delighted to find any of these in a mixed lot.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Keith Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2010 at 05:52
I've only just been able to follow your links ambrofos.  That is truly excellent.  It is your father's work?  You must be very proud of him indeed.

I'm with Steve - where can I find something like this at an affordable price.

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Incredible catalog!  Thanks for posting the link.  I've only looked through a couple pages so far, (it's really early here) but will have to come back and look through the rest.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ambrofos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2010 at 14:36
You can find these types of stamps listed fairly regularly on eBay, there are three regular dealers there who stock this kind of Norwegian material.   One is in Denmark, the other two are in the US.   There are 3 collectors in Norway who list on eBay several times a year - mostly they sell revenues, but sometimes they can have stamps like these.   There is also Norwegian dealer who lives in Thailand who conducts two  large sales of these stamps each year, also on eBay.  Most auction houses in Norway sell cinderella lots:  Fraktmerker (parcel stamps), and Maerkat (cinderellas).  The stamps are not inexpensive.  Unlike, Danish and Swedish stamps, Norwegian railway, bus, and parcel stamps were never mass-produced for collectors, rather they were used for proper business and because they were not saved by collectors in Norway, many are extremely rare.   The story of how these survived is a good one and I will post it later.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Colin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2010 at 22:10
That stamp is another example of traditional hand-drawn stamp typography.
 
Look at how the text fits the curved arc at the top, the baseline of the text following perfectly the shape of the arch it sits in, and the font edges remaining vertical throughout.
 
So often when we see computer generated text used to emulate this type of design element today the fonts are squashed to fit; the baselines are inconsistent or folllow a different curve altogether and the font edges splay out rather than being vertical, leaving a visually uncomfortable end result.
 
Those craftsmen engravers really knew what they were doing.  I will be looking out for some of these on eBay! Many thanks  ;-)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ambrofos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2010 at 13:47
I thought you would like to see this kind of stamp too.  It is from the Urskog Hølandsbanen




and this from the Rjukanbanen

Rjukan is where the heavy water plant was that was blown up by the Resistance during WWII




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