100 Years of Geneva Airport
Geneva International Airport was officially inaugurated in 1922 with the first international air route of Geneva–Dubendorf–Nuremberg. But its history began in 1920, when the Canton of Geneva decided to acquire a suitable plot of land between Cointrin and Meyrin.
The airport’s importance increased rapidly. The wooden hangars were soon replaced by steel buildings, and by 1937 Geneva had the first concrete runway in Switzerland. In 1946, it was part of the first intercontinental air route, which flew from New York to Cairo via Geneva and Rome. By the end of the 1940s, Geneva was not only Switzerland’s leading airport for freight transport, but also the country’s number one in terms of passenger numbers.With over 100 European and more than 20 intercontinental destinations, the airport is now the undisputed number two in Switzerland.
Issue Date:07.05.2020 Designer:Jenny Leibundgut, Berne Printer:Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:Stamps: 33 × 28 mm
Society for the History of Swiss Art
The Society for the History of Swiss Art aims to raise public awareness of Switzerland’s centuries-old architectural culture and to conserve it for the future. It has been performing this service for 140 years – and increasingly in digitized form.Through its work, the Society for the History of Swiss Art, which was founded in 1880, makes an important contribution to the understanding of Switzerland’s diverse heritage.One of its major achievements is the “Kunstdenkmäler der Schweiz” (Switzerland’s monuments of art and history) collection, a fundamental reference work on Swiss architectural culture, art and history. The book series has expanded to 139 volumes in the 92 years since its launch. The Society for the History of Swiss Art is now making the entire series available free of charge in a digital database.
Issue Date:07.05.2020 Designer:Beat Kehrli, Meiringen Printer:Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:Stamps: 40×32.5 mm
100 Years of Florist.ch
The Swiss Florists’ Association, which was renamed florist.ch on 1 January 2020, is celebrating its centenary this year. A special stamp fittingly depicting this splendid craft is being issued to mark the anniversary.Since 1920, the Swiss Florists’ Association, a not-for-profit organization, has ensured that the Swiss flower industry flourishes (an apt word to use). Originally purely an employer organization, it has since developed into an industry association: employed florists are now also eligible to join as professional members.The bouquet of flowers depicted on the special stamp alludes stylistically to the still-life genre of painting.
Issue Date:07.05.2020 Designer:Anita Dettwiler and Dani Pelagatti, Zurich Printer:Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:Stamps: 33 × 28 mm