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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100 Years of Pro Patria  – FDC Miniature Sheet Switzerland 2009

100 Years of Pro Patria  – FDC Miniature Sheet Switzerland 2009

Swiss Post issued a Miniature sheet to mark Centenary of Pro Patria on 08 May 2009. A FDC with MS is listed.

SWITZERLAND FDC MS PRO PATRIA 2009
SWITZERLAND FDC MS PRO PATRIA 2009

Pro Patria Maxim Cards-Signs on Stamps of Switzerland 1982

Pro Patria Maxim Cards-Signs on Stamps of Switzerland 1982

The theme for Pro Patria issue of 1982 was Signs. Swiss Post issued a set of Four Stamps on 27 May 1982.  Three Maxim Cards with First Day Cancellation of Bern is listed.

The Artisans Signs featured on stamps are

20+10 ct – Hotel Sun Willisau

40+20 ct – Auberge de l’onde, St Saphorin

70+30 ct – Hotel Three Kings, Rheinfelden

80+40 ct – Hotel Crown, Winterthur

SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD 3 PRO PATRIA
SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD PRO PATRIA HOTEL SUN WILLISAU
SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD 2 PRO PATRIA
SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD PRO PATRIA HOTEL THREE KINGS RHEINFELDEN
SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD 1 PRO PATRIA
SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD PRO PATRIA HOTEL CROWN WINTERTHUR

Pro Patria -Castles on Stamps of Switzerland 1977

Pro Patria -Castles on Stamps of Switzerland 1977

The theme for Pro Patria issue of 1976 was Castles. Swiss Post issued a set of Four Stamps on 26 May 1977. A FDC  with First Day Cancellation of Bern is listed.

The Castles featured on stamps are

20+10 ct – Aigle Castle (Waadt Canton)

40+20 ct – Pratteln ( Basel Canton)

70+30 ct – Sargans ( St Gallen Canton)

80+40 ct – Hallwil Castle  (Aargau Canton)

SWISS FDC PATRIA 77
SWISS FDC PRO PATRIA 1977 -CASTLES

Pro Patria -Castles on Stamps of Switzerland 1976

Pro Patria -Castles on Stamps of Switzerland 1976

The theme for Pro Patria issue of 1976 was Castles. Swiss Post issued a set of Four Stamps on 28 May 1976. A FDC  with First Day Cancellation of Bern is listed.

The Castles featured on stamps are

20+10 ct – Kyburg Castle (Zurich Canton)

40+20 ct – Grandson (Waadt Canton)

40+20 ct – Murten ( Freiburg Canton)

80+40 ct – Castello di Montebello (Tessin Canton)

SWISS FDC PATRIA 76-1
SWISS FDC PRO PATRIA 1976- CASTLES