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French Colonies Stamps

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Many collectors believe that the stamps of the French Colonies surpass those of the British Empire in colour and affordability!

The first French Colonies Stamps

The first stamps for the French Colonies were the General Issues of 1859 produced for use in all the different colonial outposts, these designs, often similar to French issues, are collected for their postmarks which indicate where in the French Empire the stamp was used.

By the early 1880’s exchange rates were put under so much strain that “General Issues” were abandoned and many colonies tentatively began their own stamp issuing with French Guiana, Morocco, Tahiti, Alexandria & Port Said, Tangier, Zanzibar, New Caledonia & St Pierre et Miquelon amongst others overprinting and handstamping current French stamps to fulfil their immediate need for local issues and currency. By the 1890’s some spectacular pictorial issues appeared including the imperforate Obock and Djibouti stamps of 1894 with their ground breaking colour combinations.

There is so much for the collector to admire including the modern (often engraved) commemoratives of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories, or the unusual blending of Asian and European for the stamps of French Indo-China, French Polynesia with its preponderance of designs featuring pretty local girls, Madagascar with the atmospheric classics of Diego-Suarez, the myriad of exotic Provisional handstamps of early Nossi Be… the list goes on.

French Colonies Stamps and Topical Collecting

For topical thematic collectors the 50+ Colonies often depicting native scenes, marine life, flora & fauna, Airs etc, make for a fabulous hunting ground!

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Lot Number: 6897
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Lot Number: 2915
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Lot Number: 927
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Lot Number: 2916
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Lot Number: 7144
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Lot Number: 928
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Lot Number: 7145
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Lot Number: 6851
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Lot Number: 2917
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Lot Number: 963
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Lot Number: 6852
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Lot Number: 6853
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Lot Number: 2699
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Lot Number: 2698
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Lot Number: 3477
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Lot Number: 8043
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Lot Number: 2700
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Lot Number: 8044
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Lot Number: 3478
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Lot Number: 6854
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Lot Number: 2701
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Lot Number: 803
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Lot Number: 3479
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