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The Stamps and Postal History of the French Colonies

The beautiful and wide-ranging French Colonies Stamps are exceptionally popular amongst collectors around the world. Depending on how you count them there is easily 100 different places to collect. From the early General Issues which mimicked the French stamps of the time, to the overprinted French stamps which made the first issues of many places. Also the stamps of the various French Post Offices in foreign countries, through to the colourful and spectacular issues seen throughout the 20th Century and beyond. Although there are significant rarities throughout French Colonial philately it's also worth noting that it's possible to obtain many complete definitive and commemorative issues from the early 20th Century at a mere fraction of their British Empire equivalents and this allowed generations of happy philatelists to build significant stamp albums packed with lovely stamps without too many missing rarities!

The first French Colonies stamp was the 1859 10c bistre ‘Eagle’ French Colonial General Issue. These general issues were, with the exception of the first ‘Eagle’ design very similar to regular French stamps, however with slightly different colours or imperforate instead of perforated, or in the case of the 1881–86 Commerce stamps with a “Colonies / Postes” inscription. The stamps are collected used bearing the postmark of the colony they were used at, making them forerunners of the first stamps of those colonies. The Yvert and Tellier catalogue gives comprehensive listings of the General Issue's and postal history so postmarked, by colony. From the swaying palms of Polynesia to the frozen wastes of the Southern and Antarctic Territories, and from the deadly jungles of Guiana to the sophistication of Tangier, this wonderful area of philately and postal history offers stamp collectors a little bit of everything.

French Colonies Stamps

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  • Lot 319 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £70 - £90

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    FRENCH COLONIES - ALGERIA 1924-57 a used collection of stamps, covers, cards & 'on piece', incl. 1924-25 to 5f, 1926 to 5f, 1927-30 to 20f, 1930's pictorials to 20f, useful 1940's & 50's to 200f, A...
  • Lot 320 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £100 - £140

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    FRENCH COLONIES - FRENCH COLONIES a collection of mint, never hinged mint and fine used, chiefly 20th century issues with very good ranges of the former colonies incl Airs and gold foil issues, inc...
  • Lot 321 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £100 - £120

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    FRENCH COLONIES - FRENCH POLYNESIA 1960-98 (mostly pre-1980) collection of never hinged mint stamps and First Day Covers featuring SPORTS, incl. 1963 & 1966 South Pacific Games sets, 1968 Olympics ...
  • Lot 322 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £60 - £80

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    FRENCH COLONIES - INDO-CHINA REVENUES 1888-1917 all different mostly used collection on album pages, includes good ranges of Dimension and Effets de Commerce, Cochin-China Greffes, and Hanoi Market...
  • Lot 323 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £120 - £140

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    FRENCH COLONIES - MADAGASCAR 1915-39 covers collection largely written up on pages (in German), mostly commercial mail franked with a wide variety of issues. Some opened out for display (35+ covers)
  • Lot 324 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £140 - £160

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    FRENCH COLONIES - SOMALI COAST 1893-1933 USED COLLECTION on pages, all different, includes 1893 5c 'DJ' opt (small tear), 1894 set to 2f, plus 50c bisected on piece, 1899 '0.40' on 4c, 1900 40c, 19...
  • Lot 325 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £180 - £220

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    FRENCH COLONIES - SYRIA - FRENCH MILITARY OCCUPATION 1919-23 MINT COLLECTION with 1919 'T.E.O.' two line overprint values to 9pi on 50c and 10pi on 1f (these both never hinged mint); 1919 'T.E.O.' ...
  • Lot 326 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £160 - £200

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    FRENCH COLONIES - SYRIA 1919-23 USED OCCUPATION COLLECTION incl. 1919 'T.E.O' (two lined) surcharged 4m on 15c, 1pi on 10c, 5pi on 40c, 9pi on 50c & 10pi on 1f, 1919 (three lined) surcharged set to...
  • Lot 359 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    FRENCH COLONIES - ALAOUITES 1925-30 0.10pi violet OPT DOUBLE, Yvert 22a, SG 26b,NHM

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  • Lot 360 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    FRENCH COLONIES - ALAOUITES Postage Due 1925 1pi OPT IN BLACK, Yvert 7a,SG D45b,vfm

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