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Switzerland Postal Services 2008 Issue
Design by Vito Noto, Cadro-Lugano

Pro Patria-Cultural Routes in Switzerland

Switzerland Postal Service has issued 4 new stamps with postage values of 85+40 Chf and 100+50 Chf named "Pro Patria-Cultural Routes in Switzerland" on the 8th of May 2008. This is the second set issued in a three part series to run from 2007 to 2009. The +40 Chf and +50 Chf premium on these stamps will go to the Pro Patria Foundation. They will used these funds to preserve and foster cultural treasures in Switzerland. Each of the stamps in this set depicts one of the famous historical travel and trade routes going through Switzerland. They are listed in the table below with a brief description.

  • ViaRomana (Top Left) - was used by the Roman Empire nearly 2000 years ago. It was part of a ancient route from Rome via Geneva and Augusta Raurica to what was then Germania. The East Gate of Avenches is depicted on the stamp with the Columns at Nyon.
  • VisSbrinz (Top Right) - was used by mule trains in the past to transport hard cheese that is now known as Sbrinz to northern Italy. The Halenplatte is depicted on the stamp with the Schnitzturm Tower.
  • ViaValtellina (Bottom Left) - was a popular route for mule trains transporting Valtellina wine over the Bernina Pass, the Scaletta Pass and the Schlappinerjoch. The Lane below Cavaglia is depicted on the stamp with the Restaurant Durrboden.
  • ViaStockalper (Bottom Right) - this route was used over 300 years ago by a Brig merchant Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper (1609-1691). It was used by mule trains to transport goods between Valais and Italy. The Lane near Engi is depicted on the stamp along with the Old Hospice 6 story house which was used by Stockalper as a resident and storage building.

"Pro Patria-Cultural Routes in Switzerland" can be purchased as a set of 4, Blocks of 4, Booklet, Folder, Collection sheet or FDC's. The size of each stamp is 33mm x 28mm with a Perforation size of 13.25 x 12.75 using the 2cm reference. They will be printed by Bagel-Security-Print using the Offset printing process with 110gms paper.


Pro Patria-Cultural Routes in Switzerland FDC's


Pro Patria-Cultural Routes in Switzerland FDC Stamp



Pro Patria-Cultural Routes in Switzerland Booklet


To order these stamps or to learn more go to http://www.swisspost.ch/philashop Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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