Design: Fredy Trümpi, T & P Design, Binz (Canton of Aargau)

Flying high for an important birthday

Congratulations on your 50th birthday, and may your flight continue to be pleasant!

The term “aerophilately” comes from the two words “aero” (aviation) and “philately”. Philately comprises collecting stamps and other indicia as well as research on stamps, letters and postmarks. Aerophilatelic post is always transported by air, whether by an airplane, zeppelin, balloon or a helicopter. One area of philatelic interest is the collection of covers, such as letters. Thanks to the cancellations (departure, transit, arrival), the route and delivery time can be determined for covers, which are generally older. Today’s modern technology even allows us to glean additional information, such as the aircraft, pilot or route. Historical, geographical, political and flight-related background information enhances what are often extensive collections and sets them in a historical context. Valuable individual items from a collection can be seen at philatelic exhibitions.

Heinz Berger
President of the Swiss Aerophilatelic Society (SAV)

Special post office
The 50th Aerophilately Days will take place from 7 to 18 October 2016 at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. A special post office will be open on both weekends: Friday–Sunday, 7–9 Oct. and Saturday/Sunday, 15–16 Oct.
You will find further information at sav-aerophilatelie.ch.