Pro Patria and Swiss Castles

Pro Patria, officially Stiftung PRO PATRIA Schweizerische Bundesfeierspende, is a Swiss patriotic and charitable organization. Its purpose is to give meaning to the Swiss National Day (Schweizer Bundesfeiertag in German, Fête nationale suisse in French, Festa nazionale svizzera in Italian, and Fiasta naziunala svizra in Romansh), August 1, by collecting donations to the benefit of social and cultural works of national public interest. Pro Patria … Continue reading Pro Patria and Swiss Castles

Bathyscaphe USS Trieste’s Record-Breaking Dive

On January 23, 1960, The bathyscaphe USS Trieste broke a depth record by descending to 35,797 feet (10,911 meters) in the Pacific Ocean. Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with its crew of two reached its record maximum depth in the deepest known part of the Earth’s oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. Jacques Piccard … Continue reading Bathyscaphe USS Trieste’s Record-Breaking Dive

The Pontifical Swiss Guard

On January 22, 1506, the first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrived at the Vatican. Swiss Guards (Gardes Suisses in French and Schweizergarde in German) are the Swiss soldiers who have served as guards at foreign European courts since the late 15th century. The earliest unit to be established on a permanent basis was the Hundred Swiss (Cent Suisses), created in 1480 when Louis XI … Continue reading The Pontifical Swiss Guard

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Swiss Post Bus System

In the early twentieth century, earlier forms of postal transport began to be replaced by regular road-borne service. In the United States, many Railway Post Office (RPO) trains began to be withdrawn from service and the U.S. Post Office Department experimented with the distribution of mail on large buses. These brightly colored red, white and blue Highway Post Office buses were equipped similarly to the … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Swiss Post Bus System

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Dove of Basel

I have quite a few extremely valuable stamps in my collection. However, these all appear on other stamps released quite a few years after the originals had become classics. Stamps on stamps is definitely my favorite topical along with those showing something of our hobby (such as yesterday’s stamp album). The Basel Dove is a relatively recent addition to my collection, via it’s portrayal (complete … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Dove of Basel

United Nations Office at Geneva – Palais des Nations

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations (second to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City). It is located in the Palais des Nations building constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938 at Geneva in Switzerland, and expanded in the early 1950s and late 1960s. On December 11, 1968, an agreement between the United Nations and the Swiss Postal Telephone and … Continue reading United Nations Office at Geneva – Palais des Nations

Fridolin of Säckingen and the Battle of Näfels

Saint Fridolin, otherwise Fridolin of Säckingen is a legendary Irish missionary, apostle of the Alamanni and founder of the Roman Catholic Säckingen Abbey on the Upper Rhine at Bad Säckingen in what is now the German state of Baden-Württemberg. He is also the patron saint of Glarus, a canton in east central Switzerland. His oldest Vita is dated to the 10th or 11th century. Later … Continue reading Fridolin of Säckingen and the Battle of Näfels

Liechtenstein #45 (1920)

The Principality of Liechtenstein (Fürstentum Liechtenstein in German) is a doubly landlocked German-speaking microstate in Central Europe, situated in the Upper Rhine valley of the European Alps and is bordered to the east by Austria and to the south and west by Switzerland. The entire western border of Liechtenstein is formed by the Rhine. Measured south to north the country is about 15 miles (24 … Continue reading Liechtenstein #45 (1920)