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22.09.2005 - Zumstein: One Hundred years!
On October 1st, 1905 - exactly one hundred years ago - the young Ernst Zumstein returned to his hometown, having finished his apprenticeship

On October 1st, 1905 - exactly one hundred years ago - the young Ernst Zumstein returned to his hometown, having finished his apprenticeship in accounting and spent a number years of commercial philatelic training in London. In Berne (Switzerland), he opened a company called 'Briefmarkenbörse Bern Ernst Zumstein'. Within two years, on January 1st, 1907, the first edition of Zumstein's own publication was issued, the 'Schweizerische Philatelistischen Nachrichten' ('Swiss Philatelic News'). The magazine was renamed 'Berner Briefmarken-Zeitung' in 1915, the same name under which it is still known today.

In October 1908, Ernst Zumstein wrote the foreword to his first 'Specialised Catalogue and Handbook on the Stamps of Switzerland', which comprised 207 pages and a striking appendix of 100 pages. On July 9th 1918, Ernst Zumstein died completely unexpected after having suffered from the so-called Spanish flu. Nevertheless the third edition of the catalogue appeared in 1924, in a larger page format and providing over 500 pages of information, containing numrous color charts. Zumstein became the equivalent for the best Swiss philately had on offer.

Thus it is due to the successors of Ernst Zumstein that the catalogue gain world wide fame. Arthur Hertsch (who in 1920 entered the company as a partner) and Ernst Zumstein's wife, Mrs. Elise Zumstein-Ischy, both took care of the business. Mrs. Zumstein, who remained associated with the enterprise as a participator well into the 1050s, died on 8 June 1972. Today, the Hertsch family leads the Zumstein house in the third generation. Arthur Hertsch, his son Max and his son again, Christoph, are not only the mere owners but 'towers of strength' of this respectable firm, which has its own chapter in the history of European literature. The AIJP is happy to congratulate its member Max Hertsch on this occasion and proposes only the best wishes and great success for the near and far future.