Millennium in a Swiss way
Teus Langerak, Woerden/Netherlands is an extremly lucky man. He has six very special Swiss stamp strips. How special, this article will tell you. But first: don't contact Teus Langerak for strips for your collection. Because the strips were made in a very low printing (see PS). Therefore the moral of this article is: See how lucky Teus was and see what you can do when the opportunity is there.
In 1999 the Swiss Post Administration was preparing for the Millennium. Swiss Post designed a rather simple stamp, value 90. On the stamp is a globe caught in the number 2000. Between two stamps Swiss Post left blank a strip with a perforation. This perforation created on the left a small space about the size of a passport photograph and to the right of the perforation a bigger space for millennium wishes or something like that. All ment for men, who wanted a personal touch when they stamped their millennium letters.
A Swiss honeybee fan had other ideas. He
used the small space on the left for pictures of bees or hives. In the
bigger space he placed three quotations of Albert Einstein (the physicist)
and three quotations of Chateaubriand (French writer and polhician
-Enlightenment period). In this way the Swiss bee fan created a jewel for
by Jan de Crom
taken from "The Postal Bee" 2/2001
Contact Group Bee Philately