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History of France Stamps

France stamps – The first French mail service was set up on 19th June 1464 by decree of Louis XI, however only operated for king and royal court. The first France stamps were the 20 centimes black, and 1 franc orange-vermilion issued on 1st January 1849. They were an original signatorie of the UPU in 1874. On 1st 1899, following the introduction of the Imperial Penny Post a week earlier, they established a Colonial rate equal to the internal mail rate. 

France stamps during the War

In 1914, France entered the war against Germany after the invasion of Belgium, immediately moving into German Alsace, horrendous trench warfare followed. In 1916 German stamps overprinted for the Western Military Command were therefore used in occupied areas. In May 1939 the Germans invade Holland and Belgium and quickly passed through to enter France from the north-east and also directly south of Luxembourg. The French army fell back and its British allies, pinned to the Channel coast, were forced to withdraw from Dunkirk. On 6th June 1944 the Allies invaded Normandy and in August, southern France. By the end of 1944 virtually all of the country was liberated and Paris became the capital again in August, with new designs printed in Washington and brought to France by the Allies in June, these were used in liberated areas as forces advanced.

France issue beautiful stamps depicting outstanding art and also culture. Collectors enjoy a rich diversity of early classics, in addition to fascinating wartime postal history, postage dues and revenue stamps.

France stamps

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  • Lot 338 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £35

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    FRANCE - 1877 Peace and Commerce 5 Fr. mauve, SG 277 (YT 97), fine used.
  • Lot 339 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    FRANCE - 1935 Academie Francaise 1f.50 bright carmine, Yvert 305, nhm.
  • Lot 340 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £100 - £120

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    FRANCE - 1971 Gen. de Gaulle IMPERF strip/4 with label, Yv 1695a/8a, NHM
  • Lot 341 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £60 - £65

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    FRANCE - 1988-2009, Collection of booklets, face value approx. £ 100 (11)
  • Lot 342 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £27 - £30

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    FRANCE - 1992 Musical instruments pre-cancelled set, Yv.213/223, NHM. (11)
  • Lot 343 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £45

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    FRANCE - 1997 'La Poste' hardback Year book with NHM stamps and slipcase.
  • Lot 344 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    FRANCE - 2003 Birds set,Yvert 3548/51,Epreuves de Luxe printed in blue (2)
  • Lot 345 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    FRANCE - STAMP pictorial embossed postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 346 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    FRANCE - STAMPS PICTURED on philatelic postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 1925 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £260 - £280

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    FRANCE - 1849-1968 FINE COLLECTION in a Schaubek album, mostly fine used swith a few fresh mint. Includes used: 1849-52 20c & 1852-53 25c (both 3 margins), 1853-61 vals to 80c (x2), various perf Ce...

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