We're still in Switzerland and we're still at the fair in Zurich! And you can picture me still looking for those Helvetia with Sword issues! Now what I like about small format definitives is that they look so very nice in a block of four. That, or so I've been told, is the traditional way of collecting stamps. The British Royal Collection is full of them so why not mine too? But I do tend to opt for blocks of the cheaper stamps, it's gentler on the wallet! But it does look nice, doesn't it?
My final HwS item was a 1920 airmail stamp.
This stamp was part of a pair issued in 1919/20. They were the first Swiss airmail stamps. I believe they were invalidated somewhere in 1921 (any info on that greatly welcomed), so they will have had a short lifespan which probably accounts for their healthy catalogue value. Needless to say I had to leave the fair after this!
But on the Monday after I had just about enough time and Swiss francs left to run down (well, up, actually, my goodness, these streets in Zurich keep you healthy!) to the nearest post office where I fell for the current bird definitives. And I had so hoped not to do that! I quite like the stamps but they're not very presentable with their crummy backing paper.
They look nicer in a booklet though!
Anyways, that was the end of our Swiss journey. Tune in later this week to find out where I was off to next!