New Stamps from Switzerland

125 Years of the Brienz Rothorn Railway

swiss railway stampThe Brienz Rothorn railway (BRB) was commissioned in 1892, just 15 months after construction work began. At the time, it was the highest steam-powered rack railway in the world. The fascination with this railway remains to this day. No fewer than 640 men, most of whom were Italians, were involved in the construction of this unique railway. The impressive altitude difference still astonishes visitors to this day. Covering a distance of just 7.6 kilometres, the train ride from Brienz (566 metres above sea level) to the dizzy heights of the Ro- thorn summit at 2,244 metres above sea level takes just under an hour and climbs no less than 1,678 metres. The breathtaking ascent is suitably impressive. The railway has an av- erage gradient of 22.4% and a maxi- mum gradient of 25% (equivalent to 1 in 4 in road terminology). This means that the railway climbs 25 metres for every 100 metres of track! The special stamp marking the 125th anniversary features the Number 5, a rst-generation loco- motive. It was built by the Swiss Lo- comotive- and Machine Works in Winterthur in 1891–1892. Following conversion and modification work in 1935–36 and 1990, it is still in use today. It requires 300 kg of coal and 2,000 litres of water to make the journey from Brienz up to the top of the Rothorn.

Issue Date: 11.05.2017 Designer: Arnold & Braun Gra k Design, Lucerne Printer: Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp: 32.5×32.5 mm, Sheetlet: 192×115 mm (2 rows of 4 stamps)

50 Years of ch Foundation

The 26 Swiss cantonal coats of arms provided the basis for one ofswiss ch foundation stamp Switzerland’s most fundamental concepts – federalism. The ch Foundation for federal cooperation was founded in 1967 as a foundation un- der private law and is sponsored by all 26 Swiss cantons. It is committed to the con- cept of federalism. As a well-connected institution, it also promotes bridge-building between the cantons and different linguistic communities of Switzerland, and provides services for the cantons. The design of the special stamp marking the 50th anniversary of the ch Founda- tion had a speci c mission to ful l – to represent unity in diversity in a contem- porary way. St. Gallen illustrator Sylvia Geel created an illustration using the col- ours and shapes of all 26 Swiss cantonal coats of arms. She broke down the design of the individual coats of arms to create one overall composition that visualizes diversity in unity.

Issue Date: 11.05.2017 Designer: Sylvia Geel, St. Gallen Printer: Cartor Security Printing La Loupe, France Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp: 40×32.5 mm, Sheetlet: 192.5×163 mm (4 rows of 4 stamps)

70th Festival del Film Locarno:The Smallest Festival Poster

swiss festival stampThe Festival del lm Locarno lays claim to being one of the oldest lm events with one of the biggest screens in the world. It will be taking place for the 70th time from 2–12 August 2017.

Every summer, Locarno’s intimate Piazza Grande becomes a Mecca for lm buffs. Thousands of fans and lmmakers come together to enjoy a high-quality pro- gramme full of surprises. Talented young artists join famous guests and well-estab- lished celebrities from the industry. The audience is the beating heart of this festi- val, which attracts up to 8,000 spectators to the Piazza Grande each evening. During the course of its 70-year history, the Festival del lm Locarno has welcomed countless international stars. Mar-lene Dietrich, Jean-Luc Godard, Quentin Tarantino, Olivia Wilde, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Juliette Binoche, Jane Birkin, Edward Norton, to name but a few. Locarno has also created stars. Back in 1948, in the festival’s second year, Roberto Rossellini was awarded the main prize, the Golden Leopard. Several decades later, a talented young director by the name of Stanley Kubrick was discovered. Five years after that came an unknown direc- tor from the Czech Republic – none other than Miloš Forman. Locarno also proved to be a pivotal venue for Mike Leigh, Spike LeeandJimJarmusch.

The special stamp was designed by the festival’s artist in accordance with exact- ing corporate design speci cations. Natu- rally it features the festival’s trademark, the leopard – and thus constitutes the world’s smallest lm poster.

Issue Date: 11.05.2017 Designer: Jannuzzi Smith, Lamone Printer: Cartor Security Printing La Loupe, France Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp: 33×28 mm, Sheetlet: 194×140 mm (4 rows of 5 stamps)

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