Pro Patria Stamps of Switzerland -An Introduction

Pro Patria Stamps of Switzerland 1936 -2019 -An Introduction

Pro Patria (Switzerland) is a Swiss patriotic and charitable organisation founded in 1909 by a group of spirited citizens led by a merchant named Albert Schuster. Its purpose is to collect donations for the benefit of social and cultural works of national public interest. Pro Patria principally collects donations through the sale of postage stamps, postcards & badges, in co-operation with Swiss Post. Post offices sold Federal celebration postcards from 1910 to 1960 and postage stamps since 1936.

Each year a set of Postage stamps with a theme is issued by Swiss Post and the surcharge represents the donation to Pro Patria.

Since 1923 Pro Patria have also produced an Annual Federation Celebration Badge which is sold in Post Offices and by Volunteers.

Pro Patria Philately – It is a popular field of Philately throughout the World. Though the collection of stamps since 1936, used and mint condition may not be very difficult, both rarity wise and financially, but the interests lie in varieties of used products associated with stamps like FDCs, FDCs sent from Switzerland, Used Postcards and such like products.

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Thailand  Postcards – FIFA World Cup Champions from 1930 to 2014.

Thailand  Postcards – FIFA World Cup Champions from 1930 to 2018.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup was hosted by Brazil from 12th June to 13th July 2014. It was the 20th edition of FIFA World Cup and Brazil was hosting it for the second time, the first being in 1950, and the fifth time that it was being held in South America.

Thailand Post planned to issue 210 million Lucky-draw Postcards of Two Baht each asking Soccer fans to guess who will win the final of 2014 FIFA World Cup. It offered 40 million Baht in prize money in a joint campaign with a local mass circulation local daily newspaper. Thailand Post had sold 206 million Postcards for guessing the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner.

Postcards were put on sale from 01 Jun 2014 and were to be submitted nine hours before the Final kick-off. The interest exceeded expectations as 210 million Postcards were sold out and Thailand Post printed another 25 million Postcards to meet the demand.

There were 10 different Postcards in the set. Eight countries who had won the FIFA World Cup from 1930 to 2010 featured on each of the eight Postcards. Two postcards were blank to predict the 2014 Winners. Each of the eight Postcards was unique as they featured the Winner Country’s name, Flag and Year of winning the World Cup.

Brazil has the World Cup Five times (1958,1962,1970,1994 and 2002) and they are the only team to have played in every World Cup since 1930. Apart from this, it has been placed runners-up twice & third place finish twice, which makes it the most successful national team. Cafu has played four World Cups and has been part of Winning team twice. He has also played record 20 Matches. Ronaldo has played 19 matches in Four World Cups and is top goal scorer with 15 goals. This is a commendable and fantastic record.

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THAILAND POSTCARDS  ON FIVE TIMES CHAMPION BRAZIL

Germany has won it four times (including the 2014 edition). It has finished runners-up four times and was placed third also four times. Lothar Matthaus has played 25 matches for Germany in Five World Cups.

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THAILAND POSTCARDS ON FOUR TIMES WORLD CHAMPION GERMANY

Italy has also won the FIFA World Cup four times (1934,1938,1982 & 2006). It has finished runners-up twice and has been placed third once. It has appeared in 18 out of 21 World Cups.

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THAILAND POSTCARDS ON FOUR TIMES WORLD CHAMPION ITALY

Thailand  Postcards – FIFA World Cup Champions from 1930 to 2018.

Thailand  Postcards – FIFA World Cup Champions from 1930 to 2018.

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THAILAND POSTCARDS WORLD CHAMPIONS- ARGENTINA WON THE TROPHY TWICE.

Argentina has been winners twice in 1978 and 1986. It has been runners-up three times and has been present in all but four World Cups. Diego Maradona has played in four World Cups and has captained his team in 16 matches out of 21 matches that he has played.

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THAILAND POSTCARDS WORLD CHAMPIONS URUGUAY

 

Uruguay has also won it twice in 1930 and 1950. The National team has qualified for twelve World Cups. Fernando Muslera has played the last three World Cups and 16 Matches.

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THAILAND POSTCARDS WORLD CHAMPIONS- FRANCE 1998 & 2018

 

France won the 1998 FIFA World Cup as hosts in France and then won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Thierry Henry has played four World Cups and 17 matches wheres Fabien Barthez has played three World Cups and 17 matches. Zidane and Platini have been two of French greats at FIFA World Cups. Didier Deschamps won the 1998 World Cup as played and was coach of the 2018 World Cup squad which lifted the trophy.

THAILAND POSTCARDS WORLD CHAMPIONS ENGLAND 1966

England won the 1966 FIFA World Cup at Wembley Stadium, London. England first played in 1950 and has part of every World Cup since then.

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THAILAND POSTCARDS WORLD CHAMPIONS SPAIN 2010

Spain won the 2010 FIFA World Cup final held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A Set of two Postcards were released for use in the competition for predicting the WInners of 2014 FIFA World cup.

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THAILAND PC WC 2014
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THAILAND PC WC 2014- A COMPETITION POSTCARD.

Heritage Mysore Post Cards – Kings & Mysore Palace – India 2014

Heritage Mysore Post Cards -India 2014

India Post issued a set of 10 Post Cards on Mysore Heritage in 2014.

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MYSORE KINGS

Maharaja Sri Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, his brother Yuvaraja Kanthirava Wodeyar and Nephew Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar in the Golden Howdah on caparisoned palace elephant, attended by royal dignitaries and courtiers. The Chamundi Hills form a backdrop to this mural in the Kalyana Mantapa of the Mysore Palace.

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HERITAGE MYSORE POSTCARDS- MYSORE PALACE

A Magnificent structure in Indo-Sersanic style- The Mysore Palace construction was started in Oct 1897 and completed in 1912. It is now open to Public.

Heritage Mysore Post Cards -India 2014

Heritage Mysore Post Cards -India 2014

India Post issued a set of 10 Post Cards on Mysore Heritage in 2014.

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HERITAGE MYSORE POSTCARDS -2014
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MYSORE HERITAGE POSTCARDS – MYSORE ROYAL INSIGNIA

MYSORE HERITAGE POSTCARDS (PC1)- MYSORE ROYAL INSIGNIA – The Gandabherunda- was a royal insignia of Wodeyars and stands for truth and strength.

Picture Postcard on M S Subbulakshmi-2016

Picture Postcard on M S Subbulakshmi-2016

A Picture Post Card issued by Mumbai GPO on Bharat Ratna M S Subbulakshmi in 2016.

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M S SUBBULAKSHMI PICTURE POSTCARD 2016
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M S SUBBULAKSHMI POSTCARD 2016

 

Postcard of Poland on Gandhi -1969

Postcard of Poland on Gandhi -1969

Poland issued a Postcard in 1969 to Commemorate Birth Centenary of Gandhi.

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POLAND POSTCARD 1969 – GANDHI -BIRTH CENTENARY