UNESCO has inscribed Basel Carnival on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The stamp motif was designed by Domo Löw, a dedicated Basel Carnival enthusiast. It depicts the famous “Morgestraich”, which kicks off the colourful festivities on the Monday after Ash Wednesday at 4 a.m. on the dot. This is followed by the procession, with its mischievous motifs, the popular “Schnitzelbank” songs and much more besides. After precisely 72 hours, Switzerland’s largest carnival comes to an end with the traditional “Ändstraich”. Around 20,000 people actively take part in the carnival, and around 200,000 spectators from Switzerland and abroad also come along to experience the event.
Issue Date: 24.01.2019, Designer: Domo Löw, Basel, Printer :Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein, Process: Offset, Colours: 4 Colours, Stamp Size: 40×32.5 mm, Sheet Size: 190×160 mm
100 Years of Swiss National Circus Knie
National Circus Knie, as it is officially known, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The company, which is regarded as an institution by people all over Switzerland, has often used mangiest posters to generate publicity.
Issue Date: 07.03.2019, Designer: Christine Burkhard, Zurich, Printer: Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein, Process: Offset, Colours: 4 Colours, Stamp Size: 32.5×44 mm, Sheet Size: 192×115 mm
100 Years of Postbus Routes
The first Postbus route in Graubünden initially ran from Reichenau to Flims and was later extended. Today, the Postbus runs from Chur to Laax, but part of the original line is now operated by the Rhaetian Railway. The route passes through the majestic, expansive Rhine valley before heading – via Tamins and Trin – to the winter sports resort of Flims-Laax, where many attractions are to be found. The Simplon section still exists exactly as it was 100 years ago: from Brig, it goes to the border town of Gondo and via Iselle into the magical Italian town of Domodossola, with its picturesque historic center. The magnificent views over the sun terraces of Belalp, Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Rosswald are not to be missed.
Issue Date: 07.03.2019, Designer: Judith Kurmann, Sempach station, Printer: Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France, Process: Offset, Colours: 4 Colours, Stamp Size: 33 × 28 mm, Sheet Size: 194 × 140 mm