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Pro Juventute Issues

of 1950-1957

Most of the Pro Juventute Swiss stamps issued between 1950 and 1957 feature the theme of Butterflies and Insects, and that is the name that these stamps are referred to by Swiss philatelists.  One or more of the stamp denominations in each set usually honors a famous personality, as well.

All of the Pro Juventute stamps were issued on December 1 of each year.  The thematic issues in each set are photogravure, and the portrait issues in each set are engraved.

In most cases, the surtax amounts on all these Swiss stamps benefited the Pro Juventute (For the Children) Foundation.


The 1950 Pro Juventute stamps are shown aboveThe higher-denomination Swiss stamps feature Butterflies and Insects, as follows:

  • 10 C. + 10 C. - Admiral Butterfly.
  • 20 C. + 10 C. - Blue Underwing Butterfly.
  • 30 C. + 10 C. - Bee.
  • 40 C. + 10 C. - Sulphur Butterfly.

The 05 C. + 05 C. denomination stamp was issued to honor Theophil Sprecher von Bernegg (1850-1927), who was a Swiss politician and the military Chief-of-the-General-Staff from 1905 to 1919.


The 1951 Pro Juventute stamps are shown aboveThe higher-denomination Swiss stamps feature Butterflies and Insects, as follows:

  • 10 C. + 10 C. - Dragonfly.
  • 20 C. + 10 C. - Black Veined Butterfly.
  • 30 C. + 10 C. - Orange Tip Butterfly.
  • 40 C. + 10 C. - Peacock Moth.

The 05 C. + 05 C. denomination stamp was issued to honor Johanna Spyri (1827-1901), the Swiss-born author of children's stories, best known for her monumental book, "Heidi".


The 1952 Pro Juventute stamps are shown aboveThe higher-denomination stamps feature Butterflies and Insects, as follows:

  • 10 C. + 10 C. - Ladybug.
  • 20 C. + 10 C. - Barred-wing Butterfly.
  • 30 C. + 10 C. - Argus Butterfly.
  • 40 C. + 10 C. - Silkworm Moth.

The 05 C. + 05 C. denomination stamp features a Portrait of a Boy by the Swiss painter and illustrator Albert Anker (1831-1910).


The 1953 Pro Juventute stamps are shown aboveThe middle-denomination stamps feature Butterflies and Insects, as follows:

  • 10 C. + 10 C. - Nun Moth.
  • 20 C. + 10 C. - Camberwell Butterfly.
  • 30 C. + 10 C. - Purple Longicorn Beatle.

The 05 C. + 05 C. denomination stamp features a Portrait of a Girl by the Swiss painter and illustrator Albert Anker (1831-1910).

The 40 C. + 10 C. denomination stamp was issued to honor Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918), the well known Swiss painter.  The stamp features a self-portrait of the artist.


The 1954 Pro Juventute stamps are shown aboveThe higher-denomination stamps feature Butterflies and Insects, as follows:

  • 10 C. + 10 C. - Garden Tiger Moth.
  • 20 C. + 10 C. - Bumble Bee.
  • 30 C. + 10 C. - Ascalaphus.
  • 40 C. + 10 C. - Swallowtail Butterfly.

The 05 C. + 05 C. denomination stamp was issued to honor Jeremias Gotthelf (1797-1854), the Swiss novelist.


The 1955 Pro Juventute stamps are shown aboveThe higher-denomination stamps feature Butterflies and Insects, as follows:

  • 10 C. + 10 C. - Peacock Butterfly.
  • 20 C. + 10 C. - Great Horntail.
  • 30 C. + 10 C. - Yellow Bear Moth.
  • 40 C. + 10 C. - Apollo Butterfly.

The 05 C. + 05 C. denomination stamp was issued to honor Charles Pictit de Rochemont (1755-1824), the Swiss statesman and diplomat that prepared the declaration of Switzerland's permanent neutrality, ratified by the great powers in 1815.


The 1956 Pro Juventute stamps are shown aboveThe higher-denomination stamps feature Butterflies and Insects, as follows:

  • 10 C. + 10 C. - Burnet Moth.
  • 20 C. + 10 C. - Purple Emperor Butterfly.
  • 30 C. + 10 C. - Blue Ground Beetle.
  • 40 C. + 10 C. - Cabbage Butterfly.

The 05 C. + 05 C. denomination stamp was issued to honor Carlo Maderno (1556-1629), the Swiss-Italian architect from Ticino that is considered one of the fathers of Baroque architecture.


The 1957 Pro Juventute stamps are shown aboveThe higher-denomination stamps feature Butterflies and Insects, as follows:

  • 10 C. + 10 C. - Clouded Yellow Butterfly.
  • 20 C. + 10 C. - Magpie Moth.
  • 30 C. + 10 C. - Rose Chafer Beetle.
  • 40 C. + 10 C. - Red Underwing Moth.

The 05 C. + 05 C. denomination stamp was issued to honor Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), the famous Swiss mathematician and physicist.







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