New Stamps from Switzerland

Swiss Railway Stations

swiss-railway-stations-stampsBrig:Built in 1908, situated between the Simplon Tunnel and tunnel crossing the Lötschberg, the station is located on the international transit routes Geneva-Lausanne-Milan and Basel-Bern-Milano.

Lucerne:The modern head station, with the atrium facing the lake, was erected in place of the historical building of the station, destroyed by fire in 1971. Inaugurated in 1991, the complex consists of several buildings that surround the historic nave of binary coverage, built in 1896.

Bellinzona:The station building, located in a prominent position, was erected in 1876 as part of the construction of what at the time were called “plain lines of Ticino” and completed between the end and the beginning of the century with a building used for the purpose of service. With the opening of the Gotthard tunnel in 2016, the station will be thoroughly and completely renovated.

Geneva:The impressive present building was erected in place of a building destroyed by a fire and built in the 19th century. It bears the signature of Flegenheimer Julien, the architect of the UN headquarters in Geneva.

Issue Date: 01.09.2016 Designer: Marc Weller, Bern Printer: Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands Process: Offset Colours: 6 Size: 33×28 mm Values: CHF 0.85, 1.00, 1.50, 2.00

Compulsory social measures and forced fostering

swiss-social-measure-stampCoercive measures welfare support and previous extrafamiliari placements up to 1981 are a dark chapter in Swiss social history. In those days many children and young people were the victims of suffering and injustice. Their physical, mental and sexual and intellectual development were sometimes severely compromised; and some of them still suffer the consequences of these events today.

Now it is time to address the story of these victims from the political and scientific point of view. Public opinion has finally acquired awareness of the suffering experienced at that time by many children placed in orphanages, in foster or placed coercively. Contributing decisively to this result the various commemorations, events and exhibitions, movies, the lives of the victims and witnesses, a popular initiative and a round table organized by Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga.

Issue Date: 01.09.2016 Designer: Beat Kehrli, Meiringen (BE) Printer: Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France Process: Offset Colours: 4 Size: Stamp: 40×43,5 mm, Sheet: 150×204 mm Values: CHF 1.50 (1.00 + 0.50)

50th Aero philately Day

swiss-aerophilately-day-stampThe term “aerophilately” was born from the union of the two words “aero” (aviation) and “philately”. philatelic prerogative is the collecting of stamps and other postal value signs, research on stamps, letters and cancellations. Aerophilatelic mailings are always transported by an aircraft: it may be a plane, a blimp, a balloon or a helicopter. One of the areas of philately regards the collecting of documents (such as letters). On most of the oldest letters, thanks to the cancellation (dispatch, transit, arrival), you can find the location and how long they took to arrive.

Issue Date: 01.09.2016 Designer: Fredy Trümpi, T&P Design, Binz (AG) Printer: Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein Process: Offset Colours: 4 Size: Stamp: 40×32,5 mm, Minisheet: 192×115 mm Values: CHF 1.00

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