DeCoppet Razor Cancels of Switzerland

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DeCoppet Razor Cancels of Switzerland

In 1866 Güller & Sons made the first rotating date-wheel cancelers for Swiss Post, Telephone, and Telegraph (PTT). Twenty-three years later in 1889 Frédéric de Coppet patented his first flexible-head canceler mechanism combining both technologies. His patent described the most significant canceler design in the history of the Swiss PTT. These handmade test cancelers were named […]

Hotel Schweizerhof, Luzern, Switzerland

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Hotel Schweizerhof, Luzern, Switzerland

The Schweizerhof, an historic luxury Swiss hotel, played a significant intermediary role between its guests/management and the international postal system. Covers and cards on display demonstrate the various postal services utilized by travelers and the hotel for over a century: 1856 to 1963. The study of postal activities that occurred at this hotel is a […]

Refused Mail of Switzerland

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Refused Mail of Switzerland

This exhibit traces Refusé markings on Swiss mail before and after the 1891 agreement by the Universal Postal Union to standardize official markings on returned international mail. Link to 7 frame exhibit: Refused mail of Switzerland Link to 5 frame version: Refused Mail of Switzerland This exhibit won multiple Gold Awards at INDYPEX 2014, NOJEX […]

Swiss Made Cancelers Used in Latin America 1881-1936

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Swiss Made Cancelers Used in Latin America 1881-1936

Circa 1870, Swiss postal administrators permitted Güller & Cie, the sole manufacturer of Swiss cancelers, to produce devices for other countries. The cancelers had to differ in appearance from regulation Swiss cancel design, so Güller created a different look for these foreign postal administrations. (This Buenos Aires canceler is one of the few exceptions to […]

Foreign Cancelers Manufactured by Güller of Hüttikon

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Foreign Cancelers Manufactured by Güller of Hüttikon

This is a survey, primarily of 19th century cancelers, made for use in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Early on, circa 1870, Swiss postal administrators permitted Güller & Cie to manufacture for other countries, but the cancelers had to differ in appearance from regulation Swiss cancel design. Evidence shows the ruling was not always followed. […]

Perforated Sitting Helvetia 1862-1881

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Perforated Sitting Helvetia 1862-1881

This short exhibit is an introduction to the first perforated stamps of Switzerland. It shows color changes and new denominations which were printed as requirements and rates changed. International postal rules came into effect in 1875 and to avoid confusion of similar colored stamps, the Swiss conformed to colors agreed to with other countries. The exhibit shows […]