The secret behind the name of the rare Swiss stamps known as “Strubels”
FindYourStampsValue.com would like to share an exciting info with our readers. This insight concerns the name, to be precise the nickname, of the rare Swiss stamps known as "Strubels". These are Switzerland's beautiful Seated Helvetia imperforate stamps issued between 1854 and 1863 that were nicknamed as "Strubels" but these days few people know why!
You must blame Helvetia's crowning glory, a laurel wreath, for her famous philatelic name.
In 1845 a children's 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 children's character "Struwel Peter".
These classical definitive Swiss stamps are the most popular specialization subject for most serious classical Switzerland philatelists. Officially, these stamps are called The Imperforate Sitting Helvetia Issues of 1854-1862.