Helvetia Philatelic Society of Great Britain

for stamps and postal history of Switzerland

Founded over 70 years ago, we pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming society for collectors and students of Swiss stamps and postal history. Our membership is located both in the UK and throughout the world. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to join and participate in our activities. To find out more, click here.

What’s New

January 2021: This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Helvetia Philatelic Society, a landmark acknowledged in the Chairman’s message published in the current January edition of the newsletter.

The Blue Icarus: A highlight of this first newsletter of the year is a splendid article summarising a detailed study of the 65cts airmail stamp (ZNr.F10) issued in 1924. It has been prepared by our Society member, Martin Hill, with the cooperation of Herr Christoph Hertsch of Zumstein and Cie who conducted the original research and granted permission to reproduce much of the material.

Meetings update: In accordance with prevailing public health advice to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, all face to face meetings are postponed until further notice. If circumstances permit, it is hoped that the planned annual, national meeting which was postponed in 2020 will be held over the weekend of 30th April – 2nd May at the George hotel in Huntingdon.

This may also be the year when the Society invites participation in its first virtual meeting encouraged by recent expressions of interest. Whilst there is no wish to exclude anyone unable to access the Internet, it does enable greater participation without the constraints of geographical location and travelling which have been an impediment for some members. A published report of any meeting can be anticipated in a subsequent newsletter.

Meanwhile, we have have the prospect of enjoying presentations and discussions through two virtual events this month as announced in the newsletter. There is a joint online seminar between the Swiss Association for Postal History and the German Swiss Study Group at the end of January to which the Society has received an invitation.The other is a ZOOM virtual meetings with our American Helvetia Philatelic Society friends on 9 January.

Reminder about the benefit of membership: The Society welcomes to our website all visitors interested in the philately and postal history of Switzerland. There is a wealth of information freely available through the pages and links. However, for a modest annual subscription, archive newsletter access is not restricted to those published 5 or more years ago. There are other benefits including an extensive lending library service and the option of participating in a popular packet sales service amongst members seeking to purchase elusive items or sell duplicate material.

Networking: News of Society members wider philatelic activities including contributions to other philatelic societies is always welcome.

Regional Meetings

Southern Group:

The scheduled meeting due to be held on Saturday 6th June 2020 at the Harnham Scout Hall, Lower St (off Harnham Road), Salisbury SP2 8HP has been postponed.

The programme will include opportunities for members to display any material with a Swiss connection, including recent acquisitions, from their own collections. The theme will be postmarks. It is also an excellent opportunity to seek opinions about queries and share research findings. Guests are welcome.

Please remember to contact Werner Gattiker in advance if planning to attend to facilitate the catering arrangements.

Apologies also appreciated from regular attendees, please email :-  werner@swissstamps.co.uk

Midlands and the North Group:

No future meetings have planned at this time


‘Any philatelist interested in any meeting is invited to make expressions of interest through the Secretary, Neville Nelder. secretary@swiss-philately.co.

Art, Crafts & Design:

Richard Donithorn, the Society’s Editor, has produced another extremely useful document listing all Swiss stamps with a subject of Art, Crafts, and/or Designs. Zumstein catalogue numbers are used throughout, and the article will be of particular benefit to thematic collectors.
Click here here for more detail.

Swiss Trial Prints

The 7th Edition (September 2015) of Swiss Trial Prints, produced by Derrick Slate, has now been added to the website. Click here for the Swiss Trial Prints Catalogue to view and download the 164-page catalogue for free.

Good To Know

A series of informative articles written by HPS member and expert Werner Gattiker. Appearing in the newsletter from 2012 onwards, these help collectors identify and separate those ‘difficult’ stamp issues. For example, the Rayon Issues of 1850-1852 have various ‘types’ derived from the lithograph printing stones use. ‘Type Tables’ for Rayons I, II, and III can be found here on the website.

Are you interested in Swiss stamps and postal history?

Why not join our Society, and enjoy all the benefits that membership offers.

To find out more please contact the Secretary on

01453 765937


Click on the thumbnails below to find out more about early Swiss stamps.

Are you interested in Swiss stamps and postal history?

Membership of our Society has many benefits including a monthly newsletter, regional and national meetings, a superb lending library etc.

To find out more please contact the Secretary on

01453 765937