Czeslaw Slania's Engraved Stamps
Czesław Słania (22 October 1921 - 17 March 2005) was an accomplished postage stamp and banknote engraver. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Słania was the most prolific of all stamp engravers, with over 1000 stamps to his credit.
1975.01.21 Jenny Lind (1820-87)
1980.01.29 Crown Princess Victoria and King Carl XVI
1976.06.19 King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia
1960.04.07 Gustaf Froding
1966.02.24 Christen Kold (1816-70), Educator
1998.05.14 King Carl XVI Gustaf, 25th Anniv. of Accession to the Throne
Słania was born in Czeladź near Katowice in Poland, the son of a miner.During the Second World War he forged documents for the Polish resistance. He entered the Kraków School of Fine Arts, a renowned graphics arts center, in 1945. While still a student, Słania was employed by the Polish Stamp Printing Works, where he learned to engrave in steel. His first stamp was issued in Poland on 24 March 1951.
A Faroese stamp depicting a ram engraved by Słania (1979)In 1956, Słania moved to Sweden, where he gained employment with the Swedish postal authorities in 1959.He produced numerous stamps for Sweden and 28 other countries. His work was of such recognized quality and detail that he is one of the very few "household names" among philatelists, and some specialize in collecting his work alone.
He was the Royal Court Engraver of Sweden since 1972.
His last work was a stamp in 2005 to commemorate the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly.