New Swiss Stamps

Lac de Tanay Definitive Reprint

swiss definitive stampBy popular demand, the gummed defini- tive stamp “Lac de Tanay” issued on 19 January 1993 is being reprinted.At the time, this stamp was printed in Swiss Post’s stamp printing works in Berne and was discontinued in 2002. Production technology has changed a great deal in recent years, and the printing machines that were used in 1993 are no longer in use today. The new rolls were therefore produced using offset printing techniques at Joh. Enschedé in Haarlem (Netherlands). As a result, there are slight differences that are visible to the naked eye. Also, a different paper was used and hole perforation was employed instead of razor perforation.

The 60-centime definitive stamp is avail- able in strips of ten and as mint or can- celled single stamps. The first day of use will be 3 September 2015. Pre-cancelled single stamps will be corner-stamped with the same postmark. See also the Fo- cus on stamps 3/15 offer on page 35.

Issue Date: 03.09.2015 Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours

Marsupilami

swiss special events stampsMarsupilami has long been winning children’s hearts and is the third most popular character among four to twelve-year- olds. Three comic series and 120 episodes have been continually broadcast for the last ten years and the film “Auf den Spuren des Marsupilami” (On the trail of Marsupilami) was a box office hit.

Issue Date: 03.09.2015 Designer: Dargaud-Lombard 2015, Belgium Illustrator: Martine Dietrich, Lugnorre Printer: Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours : Stamp: 33×28 mm Stamp booklet: 254×62 mm (open), 86 × 62 mm (folded)

Swiss Automobiles

swiss automobiles stampsIn the early days of private motoring in Switzerland, some ninety Swiss automotive marques competed for the favour of the select few who could afford their own car. Numerous manufacturing plants sprang up, most of them in Zurich, Geneva and Basel. However, in 1934, the bank- ruptcy of Martini in St. Blaise marked the end of the era of 100 percent Swiss-made car production.

Now as then, an “automobile” is defined as a mechanically powered vehicle but the actual method of propulsion (e.g. steam, electric or internal combustion engine) is immaterial. The car as we know it today developed between 1880 and 1900 from a luxury horseless car- riage into a form of transport for the masses. This progress was helped along by the invention of the engine and rubber tyres, among other things. International car races promoted technological advanc- es and consequently also improved the reliability of the various designs. In turn, this increased demand and the spread of the automobile.

In Switzerland, the circumstances were not at all favourable for manufacturing cars. The public were initially extremely sceptical about these noisy and smelly vehicles, and in some cases were even positively hostile. However, above all in western Switzerland and in the region around Zurich, an innovative and pioneering spirit was in the air. Numerous engineers realized their ideas and con- cepts for three- and four-wheeled vehicles, although most had little if any com- mercial success. However, thanks to innovation, commercial flair, diligence and hard-working employees, some pio- neers did manage to find buyers for their automobiles and consequently secure their existence for a certain time.

Issue Date: 03.09.2015 Designer: Vito Noto, Cadro (TI) Printer: Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp: 40×32.5 mm Sheetlet: 190×162 mm (4 rows of 4 stamps)

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