Sunday, 2 August 2020


1992: Trades (Design - Walter Haettenschweiler; Engraver - Schopfer)

Switzerland issued stamps over a number of years on the theme of occupations, a set of which can be seen with a brief obituary of the illustrator Walter Haettenschweiler (1933-2015) here.  Apart from the many stamps for Swiss Post he is also remembered for the typeface Schmalfette Grotesk.

I'll now get on track for the theme and as the kitchen looks hot so its time to head outside for a picnic
2008 Booklet: Summer Tables (Design - Inga-Karin Eriksson)
or a full feast of alfresco dining on this stamp set. The booklet of stamps has the motto Eat Out - 'Äta ute'.  The stamp on the top left intrigues me, they look like potatoes with dill, is that soup or stew in a pot, mustard dill sauce or pickled gherkins in the bowl.  I know they love their dill in Sweden.  No need to wonder about the indulgent strawberry cake and cheese.  A single sheet stamp completes the set -  
with the sun setting on the day and a crayfish plate with a sprig of dill.  Poor little things, I'll just take whatever is in the glass.  I learn that crayfish parties in Sweden are usually accompanied by beer and shots of snaps/aquavit.  Then I wondered why these were not shot glasses but apparently ice cold snaps is served in a glass with a stem so you don't touch the glass  and the drink stays cold.
Eat Out booklet cover (Design -Norbert Tamas)

Sunday Stamps II theme this week is Food - a fine dish is served at See It On A Postcard


Mail Adventures said...

Thanks for the link to the occupations stamps. The designs are wonderful!

And the Swedish stamps remind me of a Summer trip to Sweden. It was fantastic, ad also the gastronomy was. These stamps seem to me pictures of our trip!

viridian said...

Lovely yummy stamps! Strawberries for me.

violet s said...

Those Swedish stamps remind of a Scandinavian cooking show where the chef is always outside.

FinnBadger said...

A lovely set of stamps. In these covid days, it seems like eating outside is a safer bet.