French Colonies

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  1. anglobob

    anglobob Well-Known Member

    Image (93).jpg Image (94).jpg Hello to everybody..
    I have lots of time on my hands these days so have decided to start a new thread.
    My French cinderella collection has reached the point where I am not finding much stuff that interests me,so I spent a little time looking for other philatelic interests.It seemed logical to look at French Colonial issues ,so I am concentrating on the Omnibus issues from 1931 to 1954. Here is a list of these issues
    1931 Colonial Exposition in Paris 103 stamps from 26 countries
    1936 Antilles Tricentenary 18stamps from 3 countries
    1937 Intl Exposition in Paris 126 stamps from 21 countries and 24 souvenir sheets
    1938 Pierre and Marie Curie 21 stamps from 21 countries
    1939 Rene Caillie Centenary 24 stamps from 8 countries
    1939 New York World Fair 48 stamps from 24 countries
    1939 150th Anniv of French Revolution 128 stamps from 25 countries
    1941 Defense of the Empire 72 stamps from 24 countries
    1941 NationaL Fund 32 stamps from 8 countries
    1941 Marshall Petain 48 stamps from 24 countries
    1942 Protection of Infants/Education fund 83 stamps from 24 countries
    1942 Transport Plane 65 stamps from 8 countries
    1944 Colonial Culture 48 stamps from 24 countries
    1944 Red Cross 14 stamps from 14 countries
    1945 Felix Eboue 26 stamps from 13 countries
    1946 Victory 15 stamps from 15 countries
    1946 Chad to Rhine 90 stamps from 15 countries
    1949 UPU 12 stamps from 12 countries
    1950 Tropical Medicine 10 stamps from 10 countries
    1954 Liberation Anniv 12 stamps from 12 countries

    As you can see,there a re lots of stamps covering numerous themes.The designs,especially those of earlier issues,are very attractive.I have concentrated first on mint sets but am also looking for used issues....a little harder to find.The Vichy issued sets from WW2 were not sold in the individual colonies so most used copies would probably be dubious,
    The 1939 French Revolution set is my favourite..also the most expensive,almost 4000euros catalogue price.Most of the other sets are within my price range!!!

    My wife is helping me with designing and printing alum pages.I will try and post some as my collection develops.I can post a couple of pages here from the 1942 Protection of Infants and Education set.
    Bob
     
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  2. anglobob

    anglobob Well-Known Member

    ALBUM pages.....
     
  3. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    Very nicely done album pages, Bob. What software did you decide on? I like the fonts you use, and the use of French titles and descriptions instead of English. That's a long list of stamps to acquire, especially if you go for used. Used stamps with readable cancels from colonial towns and cities would make a great collection, but then I'm a used stamp person. Always good to see world-wide stamps. Show us your new acquisitions as you get them mounted.

    Don
     
  4. anglobob

    anglobob Well-Known Member

    Thanks,Don.
    My wife does all the computer work .I give her the basic idea and all the details regarding names etc...I think she just uses Word.I will find out more info regarding this.
    I have been able to acquire mint,never hinged sets without too much difficulty.Delcampe has a lot of this material.Used sets are a different story.I have only seen about two or three complete sets of used stamps.Trying to get a complete set of used stamps will be far more challenging.
    I will be in England next week and am planning to visit three or four stamp fairs,so hopefully will be able to find some new material.I will keep you posted....
    Bob
     
  5. anglobob

    anglobob Well-Known Member

    Curie.jpg 21 stamps from 21 different French Colonies were issued in 1938 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the discovery of radium by Pierre and Marie Curie.
    Catalogue value for a mint ,never hinged set is over 500Euros and complete sets are not that hard to find.However,I have yet to find a set of used stamps but have managed to track down 10 stamps so far.I have also found this nice block from French Equatorial Africa.
     
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  6. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    Indeed, a nice block and cancel! Did you buy it? It is priced at $9 for a single in my 25-years old Scott catalog. Must be around three times that now. I also noted that Scott priced the mint and used stamps the same, which indicates to me that there are not many used stamps for the issue. Not surprising. For me, semi-postals have always seemed like a hard sell for postal authorities. I have never bought any of the few the U.S. has issued, and I doubt many postal patrons needing stamps are aware of them. I could be wrong, though. They may be much more popular in Europe.

    Don
     
  7. anglobob

    anglobob Well-Known Member

    Don.....I purchased this but sent photo of listing as am having problems with my scanner.I don,t have a catalogue but the seller stated catalogue value was 108 Euros.I plan on buying a catalogue on my trip.
    Semi postals are quite popular in Europe,although as far as I know,there are only two issues from GB.
    Bob
     
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