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Postage due stamps
A postage due stamp is a stamp added to an underpaid piece of mail to indicate the extra postage due. 

 

Franchise stamps
In the year 1871 Switzerland was the first country which issued Franchise stamps. Swiss Post started in the year 1871 to provide special stamps for use by charitable institutions, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations. From 1911 to 1934 these issues were similar to contemporary "postage due" stamps, (showing the famous Swiss Mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau), but with P.P. (indicating postage paid), on each side of the value and at the top a black numeral overprint, indicating to which organization these stamps had been provided. The stamps are existing without numeral indication as well. This stamps without numbers were sold from Swiss Post to collectors. 

 

Cover franked with Swiss Franchise stamps (553), sent from Pestalozzi Fondation at 29.08.1929.
(The black number 553 is the indentification for Pestalozzi Fondation.)

 

Postage due stamps

The following series of 9 postage due stamps were issued in 1911. Four overprinted values are existing from the year 1916.

Switzerland 1910
Postage due 1 Rp.

Switzerland 1910
Postage due 3 Rp.

Switzerland 1910
Postage due 5 Rp.

Switzerland 1910
Postage due 10 Rp.

Switzerland 1910
Postage due 15 Rp.

Switzerland 1910
Postage due 20 Rp.

Switzerland 1910
Postage due 25 Rp.

Switzerland 1910
Postage due 30 Rp.

Switzerland 1910
Postage due 50 Rp.


Switzerland 1916
overprinted
Postage due 5Rp. on 3 Rp.

Switzerland 1916
overprinted
Postage due 10Rp. on 1 Rp.

Switzerland 1916
overprinted
Postage due 10Rp. on 3 Rp.

Switzerland 1916
overprinted
Postage due 20Rp. on 50 Rp.


Franchise stamps
The franchise stamps are existing with small indication numbers (1911) and large numbers (1927).

The following series of 6 Franchise stamps with small indication numbers were printed on bluish paper and issued in the year 1911. The six franchise stamps are existing without indication numbers as well. They were sold from Swiss Post to collectors.

Switzerland 1911
Franchise stamp 2 Rp.

Switzerland 1911
Franchise stamp 3 Rp.

Switzerland 1911
Franchise stamp 5 Rp.

Switzerland 1911
Franchise stamp 10 Rp.

Switzerland 1911
Franchise stamp 15 Rp.

Switzerland 1911
Franchise stamp 20 Rp.


The following 3 franchise stamps with large indication numbers from 1927 were printed on bluish paper and white paper. Franchise stamps without indication numbers are existing as listed below. They were sold from Swiss Post to collectors.

Switzerland 1927
Franchise stamp 5 Rp.

existing:
bluish paper numbered
white papier numbered
white paper without number
granite paper numbered
granite paper without number

Switzerland 1927
Franchise stamp 10 Rp.

existing:
bluish paper numbered
white papier numbered
white paper without number

Switzerland 1927
Franchise stamp 10 Rp.

existing:
bluish paper numbered
white papier numbered
white paper without number

In 1935, especially designed Franchise stamps were issued. In 1943 the supply of these stamps was discontinued although they remained valid for postage until 1945.

 

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