31359 France and Colonies covers 1770-1960.
With an estimated 3000 covers, cards and stationery items, this collection will have you saying “sacre bleu!” for quite some time; France proper is predominant, with a nice array of stampless covers followed by strong selections from each of the main issues: Cérès and Napoléons, Sages, Blancs and Mersons, Sowers and Mariannes, with many commemoratives, Airs, etc., included; we note a lengthy run of meters, Allied Occupations uprating a postal card, Military mail (cards and free franks), “Service Refugee” markings, slogan cancels, Due and instructional markings, ship post including a cover for Normandie’s maiden voyage, Telegraph postal cards, a number of 1900 Paris Expo view cards, even a neat cover with a Great Britain accounting mark; among the Colonies spotted are Algeria, Annam, Djibouti (including imprinted “France Libre” frankings), Guadeloupe, Indochina, Lebanese Airmail overprints, Madagascar, Martinique, etc.; fresh and chic as only the French can do.
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