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Switzerland Postal Services 2009 Issue
Designed by Albert Manser, Appenzell

Descent from Alpine Pastures in Appenzell

The Switzerland Postal Service will issue 3 new se-tenant stamps with a postage value of 0.85 CHF named "Decent from Alpine Pastures in Appenzell" on the 3rd of September 2009. These three special Swiss Post stamps showcase the spectacle of moving cows to and from alpine pastures in Appenzell. It is a custom and a red-letter day when man and beast celebrate the descent from mountains to lower pastures in late summer. The centerpiece of every decent are the three cows with bells, led by a herdsman in the traditional costume worn on high days and holidays featuring bright yellow leather britches, a red waistcoat and a red undershirt, and carrying a pail with a painted bottom over his left shoulder. The three bells on the cows form a harmonic series with the herdsmen behind the cows who has bells and sings and whoop for joy to the three instruments, the only ones in the world to be played by cows.

"Descent from Alpine Pastures in Appenzell" can be purchased as a se-tenant set of 3, Sheet of 15, and FDC's. The size of 3 se-tenant set is 105mm x 37mm and the size of the Sheet is 134mm x 215mm. The stamps perforation size is 13 1/4 using the 2cm reference. They will be printed by Cartor Security printing using the 5 Color offset printing process with 110 gms paper.

Descent from Alpine Pastures in Appenzell FDC

Descent from Alpine Pastures in Appenzell FDC Stamp

Descent from Alpine Pastures in Appenzell Sheet

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