Post by philatelius on Jun 12, 2020 0:15:24 GMT -5
Nice Scout post stamps! These have apparently been around for years, but being from the United States (instead of Great Britain), I wasn't familiar with the concept until quite recently. Definitely an interesting subset of local posts.
Post by mourningdoves on Jun 14, 2020 21:41:54 GMT -5
I've been trying to update and rehabilitate my collection of France and ran across this today. I got it at an auction a few months ago and put it aside; the description said they were "for military personnel, not listed in Scott".
They weren't kidding about not being in Scott. I got some help from Maury; plus I know enough French that I can proudly say I'm capable of being an idiot in two languages .
The handwritten inscription on the cover says (my translation):
Soldier, who protects the land, Protect also the artists.
Anatole de Monzie
They were sold by the Artists' Mutual Aid Society (L'Entr'aide des Artistes), of which M. de Monzie was the president. L'Art des Fêtes translates as "Art of Parties" or "Art of Celebrations", and I can't tell you anything more about it. They were issued in 1940; the only date I can find anywhere is 14 April, when an official postmark (oblitération officielle) was approved by Jules Julien, the Minister of Communications, and supported by Edouard Herriot and Albert Sarraut - President of the Chamber of Deputies and Minister of National Education, respectively.
France fell to the Nazis two months later.
Here's as much of the inside as I thought I could scan without breaking the fragile binding.
Five soldiers and five FM labels are in each row, spread across two panes. The inscription in full is
Achetez la carte postale avec un conte inédit écrit pour nos soldats.
(Purchase the postcard with an original story written for our soldiers.) (Again, my translation. I welcome any corrections.)
The definite article before "postcard" makes me think that l'Entr'aide des Artistes may have been selling postcards with very short stories (early flash fiction?) or words of encouragement for the troops. You just gotta love the French.
Last Edit: Jun 14, 2020 21:57:35 GMT -5 by mourningdoves: Left out the most plausible approximate date of issue.
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