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Switzerland Postal Services 2009 Issue
Designed by Reinhard Fluri, Halten

Old Trees

Switzerland Postal Service has issued three new stamps with postage values of 85, 100 and 130 Chf named "Old Trees" on the 8th of May 2009. These commemorative tree stamps are being issued to remind us of this decisive key resource that is vital for our oxygen, water, and climate. Swiss post is dedicating these stamps to the birch, Oak and Weeping Willow Trees. Today Trees provide us with food, clothing, medicines, houses and many other things. But they must be managed as any other resource, because without them our world would be much different. Europe at one time was almost completely cleared of timber. This resultant shortage of wood triggered an alarm prompting forestry legislation and the development of forestry as a science to bring the trees back. The tree shown on each stamp is listed below:

  • Birch (85 Chf)- more than 100 species located in the Northern Hemisphere. Switzerland most common is the silver birches.
  • Oak (100 Chf) - more than 450 species located in the Northern Hemisphere. Switzerland most common is the pedunculate, downy and sessile oak.
  • Willow (130 Chf) - more than 350 species worldwide. Switzerland most common is the white, crack, pussy and grey willow.

"Old Trees" stamps can be purchased as a set of 3, Block of 4, Folder, Collection sheet, Sheets of 16 or FDC's. The size of each stamp is 32.5mm x 40.0mm with a perforation of 13.25 using the 2cm reference. They will be printed by Joh. Enschede, Netherlands using the offset printing process with 220gms self-adhesive paper.


Old Trees FDC Motif and FDC Stamp


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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