Ålesund 1948 Cinderella stamp : what does the wording on it mean?

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Ålesund 1948 Cinderella stamp : what does the wording on it mean?

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Here is a Cinderella poster stamp from Ålesund, in Norway.
Alesund Cinderella Poster Stamp
Alesund Cinderella Poster Stamp
I ran the wording “har sølv i bunn” through Google Translate and got the response “has silver at the bottom.”

Ok, fine, but what is the significance of that, what is it meant to communicate?

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Re: Ålesund Cinderella: What Does The Slogan Mean?

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Probably refers to cod at the bottom of the sea. (Wikipedia:)
The coat of arms was granted on 1 April 1898. The arms have a red field (background) and the charge is a fishing boat on the water with three cod fish beneath the boat. The charge has a tincture of argent which means it is commonly colored white, but if it is made out of metal, then silver is used. A mural crown is depicted above the escutcheon. The arms symbolize the importance of fishing for Ålesund. The type of ship was typical for the fishing vessels in the 18th and 19th century and is taken from a drawing made in 1762. The waves and three fish were added to the drawing in the arms. The arms were designed by Andreas Bloch. The municipal flag has the same design as the coat of arms.[13][14]
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Re: Ålesund Cinderella: What Does The Slogan Mean?

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Thanks! That makes sense. The literal translation was throwing me off but maybe it conveys a sentiment like “wealth from below” or something similar.

Incidentally, I did read that in 1848 Ålesund was officially granted the status of a kjøpstad or town so no doubt this stamp was issued in commemoration of that centennial.

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Yes, havbunnen is seabed.
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Re: Ålesund Cinderella: What Does The Slogan Mean?

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If I am correct, kjøpestad is not just status issue. I think that only those places that had that status were allowed to do international trade. If that is correct, it was a big deal for them.
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