Thursday, November 24, 2016

Switzerland 2016 - Stamp Day - Oberaargau

ISSUE DATE: 10 November 2016
STAMP SIZE: 35 mm / 125 x 45 mm
 STAMP DESIGN: Thomas Rathgeb

Philexpo 2016, level III
Venue: Sonnhalde community hall, Aarwangen

Opening times of exhibition, stamp fair and special post office:
Friday, 2.12.2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 3.12.2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 4.12.2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the exhibition Swiss Post will operate a special post office which will use the special cancellation illustrated here. Please send individual envelopes to the following address by no later than 1 December 2016: Post CH Ltd, Post Offices and Sales, Retail Logistics PV53, “TdBM2016” Cancellation Service, Ostermundigenstrasse 91, 3030 Berne.

On Saturday from 10 to 11.30 a.m. Thomas Rathgeb, the designer of the miniature sheet, will be signing autographs at the special post office.


Scene of the action: The region of Oberaargau at the northeasternmost tip of the canton of Berne, nestled between the Jura range and the Napf mountains. The river Aare flows majestically through pastures and fields, past green hills, fortified castles and lush meadows. One notable attraction of the region is the irrigation system begun in the 13th century by the Cistercian monks of St. Urban’s Abbey. 


With their sophisticated techniques, the monks flooded the 110 hectares of meadowland three times a year according to a precise plan, thereby providing a habitat for rare plants and animals. So the meadows are part of our cultural heritage of national significance. It is here in Aarwangen that the philatelic event of the year will take place from 2 to 4 December 2016. This year’s organizers are Langenthal’s stamp collectors’ association, which is aiming to win over more people to the fascination of philately, in particular among the younger generation. The programme therefore also includes the presentation of legendary rarities and collections, plus a stamp exchange and much more besides. So the postage stamp is alive and well. Long live the stamp!

Stamp images and description thanks to Swiss Post