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Tessa Gerster, Lausanne

Scphila 17 in the music box village

The village of Sainte-Croix in the Vaudois Jura on the border with France can look back on a chequered history. It is known to this day for the music boxes produced there. This year the municipality is all set to play host to Stamp Day.

For years, Stamp Day has been the highlight of the year for philately aficionados. And 2017 will be no different, with the event taking place in the picturesque town of Sainte-Croix in Vaud's Jura mountains. The local club, the Société Philatélique Sainte-Croix, extends an invitation to all philatelists to come to the Centre sportif des Champs de la Joux.

The community of some 5,000 inhabitants is situated high up in the Vaudois Jura mountains and enjoys a fantastic panorama view of the "Jura balcony". After a boom in lace-making and watchmaking, the industrious inhabitants took up precision mechanics, with the first music boxes being produced in 1814. The miniature sheet issued by Swiss Post takes up this topic on one of the two special stamps depicting a detail of a music box. The second special stamp shows a view of the village centre of Sainte-Croix, with Lake Neuchâtel in the background. The sheet also features rectangular elements in the colours of the local coat of arms, a picture of the comb teeth of a music box, plus a triangulation point.

Jürg Freudiger

scphila17 stamp exhibition, level III



Venue: Centre sportif des Champs de la Joux, Sainte-Croix

Opening times of exhibition, stamp fair and special post office:
Friday, 24.11.2017
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 25.11.2017
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 26.11.2017
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 31 October 2017:

Post CH Ltd
PostalNetwork
Retail Logistics
Cancellation Service “TdBM2017”
Werkstrasse 41
3250 Lyss

Autograph session
On Saturday from 10 to 12 noon Tessa Gerster, the designer of the miniature sheet, will be signing autographs. See scphila17.wifeo.com for further information (in French and German).