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History of the French Colonies Stamps

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 347 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 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
  • Lot 348 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 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
  • Lot 349 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    FRENCH COLONIES - CONGO 1891-92 vertical surcharge 10c on 25c (Yv 5b, SG 11) used.
  • Lot 350 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    FRENCH COLONIES - GUYANA. STAMPS PICTURED on postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 351 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £40

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    FRENCH COLONIES - INDO-CHINA 1910-13 used ppc's both native & imperial MILITIAS (2)
  • Lot 352 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £35

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    FRENCH COLONIES - INDO-CHINA 1911 ppc used from Tonkin, subject a group of PIRATES
  • Lot 353 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £35

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    FRENCH COLONIES - INDO-CHINA 1939 Saigon - Vientiane - Hanoi first flight cover
  • Lot 354 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £45 - £50

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    FRENCH COLONIES - LEBANON 1944 Medical Congress optd IMPERF set, Yv 187/188, NHM.
  • Lot 355 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    FRENCH COLONIES - MOROCCO 1929 AIR 'Tanger' set, Scott CB11/20, VFU on plain FDC.
  • Lot 356 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    FRENCH COLONIES - NEW CAL 1903 50th Anniv set to 15c plus 25c, Yv 67/73, 75, FU (9)

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