Swiss Post is capturing the 125th anniversary on a postage stamp and postal stationery card, having already devoted a special stamp to the CabriO cable car in the year 2012
125 years ago, it was possible to reach the
from Stans, in a journey with a maximum
gradient of 63 percent in three sections
and a time of more than 45 minutes. The
railway’s clasp brakes were the first of their
kind in the world. They ensure that the
carriage automatically clamps to the track
if the cable snaps. This revolutionary system
is still in operation today and has since
been copied many times.
The second and third sections were replaced
by a cable car in 1975, which was
in turn superseded by the CabriO cable car
in 2012 – another world premiere. This unique combination of nostalgia and
21st-century technology is also found on
the sheetlet designed by Diego Balli. The
Stans-based designer took inspiration
from vintage Swiss tourism posters with
their bright, fresh colours. The combination
of graphic and scenic creation presents
a view that does not exist in reality
but which reflects impressions of a journey
to the Stanserhorn in compressed format.
text: Swiss Post
The stamp shows the funicular of the first section, from Stans (450m) to Kälti (714m), rises gently (17%) through fields. The background a stylized view from Stans towards the Rigi massif at the left (Gersauerstock and Rigi Hochflue) and the Buochserhorn
(right). The illustration of the miniaturesheet shows the terminus stations Kälti and the CabriO cable car.
The front side of the stationery card shows the summit station on the Stanserhorn and the Bernese Alps in the background.