A generous reader recently sent me this little strip of 2 self-adhesive stamps from Switzerland. Now, the object on the stamps is of course the Caran d’Ache Fixpencil, celebrating it as a design classic or “Design-Klassiker Schweiz”, “Classiques Du Design Suisse”, “I Classici Del Design Svizzero” according to the printing on the back. Even I can roughly translate those ones into English! I believe this is the first and only mechanical pencil to feature on a postage stamp.
I quite like the imagery, it reminds me of one of those military parades – the Fixpencil is the air force fly-over as the rows of erasers (tanks) motor by the presidential stand. Can’t say it’s something I associate with Switzerland. I’m aware of how seriously the Swiss take military preparedness, compulsory military service, etc but I’ve never seen or heard of big military parades. Seems odd now I’ve actually written that. But anyway, those of you who live in or know something about Switzerland – are the Swiss big on military parades?