Oh, Why Do They Call Me “Strubel”?

August 20, 2023

Switzerland’s beautiful Seated Helvetia imperforate stamps issued between 1854 and 1863 are commonly known as “Strubels” but these days few people know why!

You must blame Helvetias crowning glory, a laurel wreath, for her famous philatelic name.

In 1845 a childrens book “Der Struwwelpeter” (or Shockheaded Peter) by Heinrich Hoffmann was published and quickly became a classic. The character of the title was Peter, a boy whose wild hair was the disastrous consequence of his naughty behavior .

It was her laurel wreath that gave the impression that Helvetia herself had wild untidy hair that led to the nickname “Strubel”, taken from the classic childrens character “Struwel Peter”

Our sale has a number of attractive “Strubel” lots offered amongst an exceptional range of other Swiss material, please take a look…

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