Saturday, October 10, 2015

PCAD 109 - CH 257195 - Jacqueline


Jacqueline sent me this Swiss flag card, it has started my small collection of world flag postcards that I am collecting. I love the stamp of the old car, pity they cancelled right on top of it, they could have cancelled the edge of it and preserved the picture. We need OCD people to work in post offices who appreciate stamp collecting LOL

The flag of Switzerland consists of a red flag with a whitecross (a bold, equilateral cross) in the centre. It is one of only two square sovereign-state flags, the other being theflag of Vatican City.[1] (The civil and state ensign, used by Swiss ships and boats, has the more common proportions of 3:2.)[2]

Use of the white cross as a military ensign (attached to the cantonal flags in the form of strips of linen) has been used in the Old Swiss Confederacy since the 14th century, but the modern design of a white cross suspended in a square red field was introduced only during the Napoleonic period, first used in 1800 during the Hundred Days by general Niklaus Franz von Bachmann, and was introduced as officialnational flag in 1889.



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2 comments:

  1. What a striking flag - and a pity about the car :-)
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  2. Great info about flags. I didn't know about the square flag. (Brilliant trivia question!)
    Yes, shame about the stamp, but it's a beautiful stamp (and car).

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