Switzerland Postal Service 2013 Issue
Designed by Peyo, Belgium

The Smurfs

The Switzerland Postal Service will issue two new stamps that have a postage value of 100chf named "The Smurfs" on the 9th of September 2013. The Smurfs characters were developed by a Belgian comics artist named Pierre Culliford in 1958. The story behind their creation is when Pierre Culliford asked for the smurf instead of the salt at dinner and a colleague said he smurf it to him. This is how the Smurf language was born. The blue look was quickly drawn up as little gnomes and published in the Spirou comic magazine in the Johan and Peewit series. The Smurf characters became a big hit and were soon published with their own stories.

"Smurf" stamps can be purchase as a set of 2, Booklet of 10, Folder, Collection Sheet, Assorted Blocks, or Assorted FDCs. The size of each stamp is 33mm x 28mm with a serpentine cut perforation . The size of the booklet is 254mm x 62mm (open) and 86mm x 62mm (closed). They were printed by Joh. Enschede, Haarlem, Netherlands using the offset 4 colors printing process with 220gms paper.

The Smurfs Booklet of 10

The Smurfs FDC

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

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