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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Pro Juventute Meadow & Garden Flowers -Stamps of Switzerland 1961

Pro Juventute Meadow & Garden Flowers -Stamps of Switzerland 1961

The theme for Pro Juventute issue of 1961 was Meadow andGarden Flowers. Swiss Post issued a set of Five Stamps on 01 Dec 1961 A FDC  with First Day Cancellation of Bern is listed.

The Meadow and Garden flowers featured on stamps are

5+5 ct -Jonas Furrer (1805-1861).Swiss Politician and President of the Confederation.

10+10 ct – Sunflower

20+10 ct – Lily-of-the-Valley

30+10 ct – Gladiolus

50+10 ct – Silverweed

SWITZERLAND FDC PRO JUVENTUTE 1961
SWITZERLAND FDC PRO JUVENTUTE 1961 -Meadow and Garden Flowers

Pro Patria Greeting Cards -Switzerland 1969

Pro Patria Greeting Cards -Switzerland 1969

The theme for the 1969 Pro Patria stamps was Art. The stamps were issued on 29 May 1969. A Greeting Card with a 50+20c Pro Patria stamp is listed. This stamp features Madonna with Child. The theme is Art, Stained glass and Religion.

SWITZERLAND GREETING CARD PRO PATRIA1
SWITZERLAND GREETING CARD PRO PATRIA1969 -MADONNA WITH CHILD
SWITZERLAND GREETING CARD PRO PATRIA
SWITZERLAND GREETING CARD PRO PATRIA 1969

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 -Artisans Signs on Stamps of Switzerland 1980

Pro Patria -Artisans Signs on Stamps of Switzerland 1980

The theme for Pro Patria issue of 1980 was Artisans Signs. Swiss Post issued a set of Four Stamps on 29 May 1980. A FDC  with First Day Cancellation of Bern is listed.

The Artisans Signs featured on stamps are

20+10 ct – Masons & Carpenters (18th Century)

40+20 ct – Barbers ( 20th Century)

70+30 ct – Hatter ( 19th Century)

80+40 ct – Bakers  (20th Century)

SWISS FDC PATRIA 80
SWISS FDC PRO PATRIA 1980 -ARTISANS SIGNS

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