Claudine Etter, Berne

60 years Swiss League Against Rheumatism

The “60 years Swiss League Against Rheumatism” special stamp is the result of a design competition. Using dynamic illustrations, it addresses the topic of movement, an important component of all rheumatism therapy.

“Rheumatism” is a collective term for a variety of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system which between them constitute 
the most widespread disorder in Switzerland. A total of around two million Swiss citizens are affected. Despite common misconception, rheumatic disorders affect people from all age groups: one to two children in 1,000 live with arthritis.

The Swiss League Against Rheumatism, founded in 1958, is committed to helping the individuals affected, and provides advice, training and aid to doctors and anyone else who is interested. 
As movement is a central component of all rheumatism therapy, topics such as movement, activity and sport needed to be in the foreground of the stamp’s design. The special stamp also shows stylized people of no particular age engaging in sporting and everyday activities. The use of lines makes the image more dynamic. Together, the figures form a circle which appears to be rolling along, creating the impression that they are sharing in an activity.

Jürg Freudiger