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Switzerland Postal Service 2004 Issue
Designed by Theo Fluri and Bruno Breiter, Hubersdorf

Pro Patria 2004

Switzerland Postal Service has issued four new stamps with postage values of 0.85+0.40 CHF and 1.00+0.50 CHF named "Pro Patria 2004" on the 5th of May 2004. The stamps depict various pictures of very old small buildings in Switzerland that were saved by the Pro Patria Foundation. Founded in 1909, the Pro Patria foundation has campaigned on the cultural assets which have come down to us and, in particular, of Switzerland's historical buildings. This particular stamp issue known as a Semi-Postal stamp has a special surcharge that is donated to help the Pro Patria Foundation fund their restoration efforts. Each of the Small Buildings depicted on each stamp is listed below:

  • Bathing pavilion (0.85+0.40 CHF) - located on the shores of Lake Neuchatel this small structure originally was build in 1899. On the verge of complete collapse the Pro Patria participated in a campaign to rescue this gem. After a successful campaign the Bathing Pavilion was completely dismantled and rebuild.
  • Granary (0.85+0.40 CHF) - build around 1741 this valuable baroque storehouse was transferred to a new location in a spectacular operation using a truck-mounted crane, and then with the help of Pro Patria support it was restored.
  • Seeburg Landing Stage - build around 1911 this landing stage is located on the Lake of Lucerne. Together with the magnificent fleet of paddle-steamers on the Lake of Lucerne, it brings back the heyday of Swiss tourism prior to the First World War.
  • Ossuary - an 18th century ossuary located in Gentilino was badly damage by dampness. With Pro Patria support, the ossuary was restored to its original condition.

"Pro Patria 2004" stamps can be purchased as a Mint Set, Set of 4-Blocks, Folder, Collection Sheet, 4-Sheets of 20 Set, Stamp Booklet, or FDC's. The size of each stamp is 33mm x 28mm with a perforation size of 13 1/2 x 13 3/4. Each sheet size is 200mm x 153mm (4 Rows of 5 Stamps). The stamps will be printed by Joh. Enschedé, Netherlands using the 4 Color Offset printing process.

Pro Patria 2004 FDC Motif

Pro Patria 2004 FDC Stamp

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