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Here are a few bits i picked up in a collection, or as they looked interesting..

First a postcard, Tresor et Postes- 517 assuming an army post office, French occupation of Salonica??
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An interesting mourning entire obviously a person of importance - I think the deceased was Antoine-Victoire Alphonse Viscount of Quelen? a colonel in the cavalry, my French is very shoddy indeed so if anybody can add anything else interesting- also he was awarded the Legion D'honnour ....
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Finally much more plain but i liked this simple French Tangier to USA cover which i assume was underpaid due to the T mark...
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A few other bits to come

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Hi,

Thanks Ceres.

The examples in the lot that I am going over tend to confirm that there is a great deal of variation in the overprints, even between adjoining stamps.

I assume there are some catalogues or handbooks on this subject.

Also found in this lot were two revenue stamps from Lebanon. Both are 2 Piaster stamps, but with different colors and overprints.

An orange France revenue stamp overprinted with a two line black overprint: "G. L. // P. S. 2" with part of a purple CDS on the upper right corner and a manuscript cancel:

Grand Liban 2 Piaster Orange Revenue Stamp Overprinted G. L. P. S. 2
Grand Liban 2 Piaster Orange Revenue Stamp Overprinted G. L. P. S. 2

A blue France revenue stamp overprinted with a five line black overprint: "ETAT DU // GRAND LIBAN // -- // DROIT FISCAL // P. S. 2" with a partial black cancel on the upper left corner and a manuscript cancel:


Grand Liban 2 Piaster Blue Revenue Stamp
Grand Liban 2 Piaster Blue Revenue Stamp

Any information on these revenues? Where are they cataloged?

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I never know how to tell the France Ceres from the colonies Ceres. Can someone point me in the right direction on these 3?
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All are french stamps.

First 2 are from bordeaux issues (1870) and the first one is the first stamp of France (1849)
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Thank you.
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gugusg wrote:
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All are french stamps.

First 2 are from bordeaux issues (1870) and the last one is the first stamp of France (1849)
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French Morocco Air Post 1939 - 1940 YT 55 Interesting variety with the reversal of the opposite stamp.
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Good day. My name is Piotr and I live in Poland. For many years I have been buying and selling classic stamps from all over the world. Recently, I managed to buy a large collection of French colonies. I came across this forum and I have been reading this thread thoroughly for the last 3 days. I am impressed by the vast knowledge of the experts gathered here.
I have prepared some photos of the general issue for the colony that I have. I would be very grateful for any comments on these stamps, is there anything more interesting or rare here?

Unfortunately, I noticed that I can't add photos to the post ?? Can someone please help me on this?

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OokamiSopot wrote:
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Unfortunately, I noticed that I can't add photos to the post ?? Can someone please help me on this?
Hi Piotr and welcome to Stampboards.

First you should go to this thread and make sure you introduce yourself properly - this was in the welcome email you received.

Once you've done that then if you read this thread you will see how to add images into your posts. It's quite easy, you can even drag and drop them into the post if you like.

We're all looking forward to seeing your images once you have done this.

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Another attempt to add photos :)
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I will comment every cancel This evening;-) i might be interested in some if you are selling
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OokamiSopot wrote:
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Another attempt to add photos :)
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PD Reunion - Cochinchina (Saigon probably) - Martinique St Pierre probably - fake
Martinique St Pierre probably - Oceanie / papeete - MQE Martinique - Mayotte Nossi bé

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Blue lozange probably reunion - black lozange reunion probably - indistinct lozange - losange indistinct also
Indiscting lozange - anchor lozange - reunion lozange (?) - anchor lozange
Indistinct lozange - indistinct lozange - MQE Martinique
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Indistinct lozange - indistinct lozange - MQE Martinique - MQE Martinique - anchor lozange
Indistinct lozange - indistinct lozange - MQE Martinique - indistinct lozange - indistinct lozange
Lozange pondichery - indistinct lozange - SNG losange Senegal - Tahiti Oceanie Papeete - Guadeloupe pointe à pitre
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probably unofficial essay on thick card - MQE lozange martinique - MQE lozange martinique
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French bordeaux stamps - French mutilated stamp (no value) - probably French mutilated stamp (no value) - Lozange reunion probably - Losange GPE Guadeloupe - indistinct cancel - Lozange reunion probably - Lozange reunion probably
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Indistinct lozange - Martinique St Pierre - indistinct cancel - Reunion - PD circle reunion - Inde Pondichery - Guadeloupe Pointe à Pitre - Guadeloupe Pointe à Pitre
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Gudeloupe St Francois - indistinct cancel - indistinct cancel - Guadeloupe Pointe à Pitre - PD Réunion or Guadeloupe - indistinct cancel - Guyane Cayenne - Lozange Reunion
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indistinct cancel - lozange MQE Martinique - Guadeloupe Pointe à Pitre - Guadeloupe Pointe à Pitre - MQE Martinique - Guadeloupe Pointe à Pitre - Bordeaux french stamps - indistinct cancel
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mutilated french stamps no value - mutilated french stamps no value - indistinct cancel - mutilated french stamps no value - indistinct cancel - indistinct cancel - lozange from Mayotte probably - indistinct cancel
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Saigon Cochinchine - mutilated french stamps no value - indistinct cancel - Guadeloupe basse terre - Guadeloupe - Guadeloupe Pointe à pitre Paq Ang - - mutilated french stamps no value - mutilated french stamps no value - mutilated french stamps no value probably
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As always, impressive knowledge and a hawk eye. Thank you very much. I will try to show you the next portion today. Thank you once again. If you are interested in any of this, please write a message.

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second part
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This time, of course, I am able to read many cancels, but I hope for other comments, some curiosities, etc.

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Kebao tonkin - Haiphong tonkin - Reunion St Denis - ? - Guadeloupe pointe à pitre - Guadeloupe pointe à pitre - Guadeloupe
Reunion lozange - PD Reunion - Martinique Fort de France - Madagascar Tamatave - french stamp - Martinique St Pierre - Guadeloupe Pointe à Pitre
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Martinique St Pierre - Martinique (?) - Guadeloupe Pointe à pitre - Guadeloupe Basse terre - Guadeloupe pointe à pitre - Réunion St (to identify) - Guadeloupe Basse Terre
Guadeloupe Pointe à pitre - Guadeloupe (?) - Col FR Paq ... N°2 (maritime cancel) - St Louis Senegal - Guadeloupe - Martinique St Pierre - Guadeloupe Basse Terre
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Guadeloupe Pointe à pitre - Inde Pondichery - Tamatave Madagascar ? - Guadeloupe Pointe à pitre - Porto Novo Dahomey - Guadeloupe Pointe à pitre - XX-Khouang ?
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This time, of course, I am able to read many cancels, but I hope for other comments, some curiosities, etc.
others are not in my aera ! ;)
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Here is a nice cover (I think) a long way from many of the lovely classic stamps shown, it is an oversize commercial cover from French Equatorial Africa sent 9/1/960 from Port Gentil to England it has a very high franking of 3330f featuring 6 of the high value sg276 African Darters stamp (which catalogued £12 each a while ago) it has a cancel saying something along the lines of it being received in Paris on 10/1/1960 in a bad state and was re-sealed...

I know it is probably not most peoples cup of tea, but I suspect this is a pretty rare cover....
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French Equatorial Africa African Darters cover
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covers that have passed the true postal route are probably the most interesting element of philately.

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Yvert & Tellier and Spink Maury both list a retouched version of the 40c Siege of Paris, orange Cérès--Y&T #38d. The photo in Le Spécialisé, Yvert & Tellier, vol 1, page 171, 2000 is woefully fuzzy and, for me, impossible to distinguish the difference between #38 and #38d. Does a clear photo or drawing exist?

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A pair of retouched (2 slightly different)
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3 stamps : normal on left, 2 on right are same above the 2 retouched

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Thank you, you have been super helpful.

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The give away are 4 on left and the dots.

If you have any doubts you can post it here :mrgreen:
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I'm wondering if there is a definitive guide to how to determine whether early French stamps are Bordeaux issues, or the more-valuable first-issued stamps (not sure how to describe the originally-issued Ceres stamps). Throughout this thread there are comments about the hair or the neck, and some appear to have different views on how to definitively tell them apart.

I have the most-recent copy of Spink|Maury, and it doesn't clearly identify how to tell them apart (or if it does, I'm not seeing it, so I would appreciate it if someone can point me at it). Naturally, Scott doesn't provide much guidance for this distinction, although it puts it simply that, except for Type I of the 20c, the Bordeaux issue can be differentiated by the shading on the neck, where the Bordeaux issue uses lines and dashes, not dots.

If someone could provide clear, close-up examples of the differences, it would be much appreciated. If it has been provided already, I apologize that my use of the search tool wasn't comprehensive.

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Hi FSAMAAA


you may want to read this thread: https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=26164

for a visual comparison of Bordeaux with other Cérès issues.

You can then put more specific enquiries to the France and Colonies thread: https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=56596&start=1100

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I appreciate you posting that link. I went through it again, and it appears that there are three different means people use to distinguish between the original Ceres and the Bordeaux printing. The first is a difference in the wreath and shading in the wreath, the second is the lines under the eyes (although someone later suggested this isn't an ideal approach), and then the shape of the "4" in 40 (which, of course, is only used on the 40c stamp).

In addition to that, the Scott catalog references the lines on the neck and chin. Using the images from the link you provided, the examples all appear to show continuous lines being used on the Bordeaux printing, and dots/dashes used for the original printing.

Specific to the wreath, you posted on March 13, 2011 (in the link you provided), showing two rows of stamps ... the top being Paris printings, the bottom being Bordeaux. Is the darkness (or thickness) of the lines making up the wreath the tell-tale sign? I know it was almost 10 years ago, but do you still have access to a couple of those stamps, where you could post one each of those stamps side-by-side, showing a close-up of the wreath area?

I appreciate all the work that you and others do to help out those of us picking up stamps in this area for the first time.

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I have a few items with cancels or overprints that have me puzzled:
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30c P & C - what is this cancel?
15c Sower - cancel 'FELD POSTSTATION No 10/ARMEE 6/12' - can anybody advise me where would it would
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15c Marianne - overprint 'INF1' and cancel that seems to resemble the old telephone dials, possibly part
of a slogan cancel. What is the meaning of the 'INF1'?
0.25c Marianne - 'EA' handstamp - what's it for?

Thanks. If any of the above are in a preceeding thread, then I offer my apologies.

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EA is Etat Algerien, or Algerian State.

After Algeria became independent from France, French stamps were overprinted EA until Algeria printed stamps of its own.

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INF1 = newspaper it seems that you could call by phone to get some infos

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Hi there,

The cancel on the "Semeuse 15c" is from the WWI.

Used in sedentary offices situated behind the lines. They managed the mail of troops, as long as their army staged in the area remained within.

It belongs to the 6th army, dated 6th December: 6/12 and without knowing the year.

I couldn't get where exactly is the office number 10. Maybe staged in Northern France but not sure.

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Memphre

I appreciate you posting that link. I went through it again, and it appears that there are three different means people use to distinguish between the original Ceres and the Bordeaux printing. The first is a difference in the wreath and shading in the wreath, the second is the lines under the eyes (although someone later suggested this isn't an ideal approach), and then the shape of the "4" in 40 (which, of course, is only used on the 40c stamp).

In addition to that, the Scott catalog references the lines on the neck and chin. Using the images from the link you provided, the examples all appear to show continuous lines being used on the Bordeaux printing, and dots/dashes used for the original printing.

Specific to the wreath, you posted on March 13, 2011 (in the link you provided), showing two rows of stamps ... the top being Paris printings, the bottom being Bordeaux. Is the darkness (or thickness) of the lines making up the wreath the tell-tale sign? I know it was almost 10 years ago, but do you still have access to a couple of those stamps, where you could post one each of those stamps side-by-side, showing a close-up of the wreath area?

I appreciate all the work that you and others do to help out those of us picking up stamps in this area for the first time.

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Hi Rob

Here are side by side Original 1849 (Left) and 1870 Bordeaux (Right) Cérès for the two values (10 and 40 cent.) that can be mistaken for one another.
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As you can see, just about every detail of the stamps are different : the text, the value figures, the Greek lines on either side, the fill-in in the four corners around the head, the face and neck, the hair, the grapes etc However, it has been traditional to focus on the wreath as it is one of the clearest difference. On the 1849 issue, and on subsequent France and General Colonies issues, the wreath clearly projets over the hair whereas it does not on the Bordeaux issue.

Overall, the Bordeaux issue is a poor copy of the original, very much lacking in detail.

The other Bordeaux values are similar to perforated France stamps or imperf General Issues for the French Colonies but they always exhibit the differences shown above.

Hope this helps.

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Yv17 Reunion - Fault?

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The cancel on the "Semeuse 15c" is from the WWI.

Used in sedentary offices situated behind the lines. They managed the mail of troops, as long as their army staged in the area remained within.

It belongs to the 6th army, dated 6th December: 6/12 and without knowing the year.

I couldn't get where exactly is the office number 10. Maybe staged in Northern France but not sure
Given the 'Feldpoststation' I assume this cancel was used by the German Forces but don't understand why the French word for Army, ie Armee, was incorporated within the cancel. Presumably these cancels were used prior to the overprinted German stamps (Western Command area) being issued in 1916/17.

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Ahoj Luigi!

Armee (without an accent) is also a German word,

I am also wondering whether the 6/12 may be the military unit rather than a date.

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Hi Rob

Here are side by side Original 1849 (Left) and 1870 Bordeaux (Right) Cérès for the two values (10 and 40 cent.) that can be mistaken for one another.

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As you can see, just about every detail of the stamps are different : the text, the value figures, the Greek lines on either side, the fill-in in the four corners around the head, the face and neck, the hair, the grapes etc However, it has been traditional to focus on the wreath as it is one of the clearest difference. On the 1849 issue, and on subsequent France and General Colonies issues, the wreath clearly projects over the hair whereas it does not on the Bordeaux issue.

Overall, the Bordeaux issue is a poor copy of the original, very much lacking in detail.

The other Bordeaux values are similar to perforated France stamps or imperf General Issues for the French Colonies but they always exhibit the differences shown above.

Hope this helps.

Memphre
This is outstanding! Thank you so much for not only putting them side-by-side, but also describing the aspect of the wreath that ends up being key to determining which version is which. The combination of the visual and the written explanation gives me very clear direction in how I'm going to approach these.

Thanks again for the time to document this so clearly.

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Given the 'Feldpoststation' I assume this cancel was used by the German Forces but don't understand why the French word for Army, ie Armee, was incorporated within the cancel. Presumably these cancels were used prior to the overprinted German stamps (Western Command area) being issued in 1916/17.
Yes absolutely it was used by the German army, on occupied French territory.

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Yes absolutely it was used by the German army, on occupied French territory
Thank you. Are these German WWI Feldpoststation cancels on French stamps common?

I ask as I hadn't seen any others other than the block of four previously shown. I've checked the envelopes of Sower & Blanc types that I have without finding any more, but in any case the block is a nice addition to my German Western Command/German Occupied Belgium collection.

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Luigi wrote:
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Thank you. Are these German WWI Feldpoststation cancels on French stamps common?
Not sure that is the correct answer, however S. Strowski (Les estampilles postales de la grande guerre, 1976, republished from 1st edition 1920) says pp 272-273 this cancel may be found on civilian covers from Lille (Nord, France) to some contact person in Germany, who would then send the contents to Switzerland and the final adress in non-invaded France. This little scheme worked during some months from end 1914 to beginning 1915.

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Hi,

One similar cancel on a stamp-less French postcard found on Delcampe.
Written by a German soldier of the "Landsturn Bataillon 3 Kompagnie"
Feldpoststation cancel
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Ahoj Luigi!

The last postcard was written on 8 December and the postmark reads 10/12 so my suspicions that the figures may represent military units rather than the date seem unfounded.

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Hi Ceres

Is this Lille Feldpost postcard still available on Delcampe?

I couldn't find it even after looking at the seller 'peguy51'.

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Hi,

Yes it is.. the item is on sale until the 16th/12.

Do a pseudo search then postcard then type feldpoststation 10

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The last postcard was written on 8 December and the postmark reads 10/12 so my suspicions that the figures may represent military units rather than the date seem unfounded.
According to a French blog the two numbers seem to be the day and month. Not combat unit numbers.
However I’m not specialist on the matter.

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Found this on the blog
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Thanks Ceres
Yes it is.. the item is on sale until the 16th/12.

Do a pseudo search then postcard then type feldpoststation 10
Found it, thank you. Decided not to buy it as I noticed it had a lot of age spots but fortunately the same seller had another 'Feldpostation 10' card so I bought that instead.

Thanks also to Bc92 and Honza for the information provide

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Seeking advice from the France experts.

I have two sets of the 1917 “Orphelins” and am thinking of selling one.

The 5f + 5f value of the set I may sell is pictured below.
The reverse is messy and has only about 30% gum remaining, mainly under where the hinge has been removed. The front, as you can see, is fine.
I am thinking of washing it and selling it as Mint ng. I can't advertise it as having original gum.

Assuming it is sound and clean what effect do you think having no gum would have on its value? The stamp is a bit unusual in that both Y&T and Maury value used about the same as mint hinged (€2,000)
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Well I washed it.
It shed three hinges I didn't know were there, and other gunk.
It is now nice and clean - without any thins, etc - and gumless.
Still drying.
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Kipling wrote:
20 Dec 2020 15:11
Well I washed it.
It shed three hinges I didn't know were there, and other gunk.
It is now nice and clean - without any thins, etc - and gumless.
Still drying.
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I would be interested in having some idea of value - one of the few gaps in my, simplified, collection

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I listed the full set on Ebay this evening. Images below.
Should be easy to find - search "France 1917 Orphelins---" in stamps.
It is listed at aud $1150 or offer.
Another ebay seller has the 5f stamp with no gum listed by itself at over aud $1,000
If a stampboard member wanted the set I could end the Ebay listing and take aud $925, postage paid.
This is in response to your inquiry about value, I had not intended to offer to sell anything in this forum.
Please email me if you wish to pursue it any further rather than doing it here.
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Hi

Strictly speaking this isn't a stamp, but were/are these common, and about what year were they issued? Conditio isn't very good but it's a curiosity. Thank you for any assistance.




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Hi jherek,

It is a public phone stamp.
Ancestor of the chip. Used between 1885 and 1906, you would go to a phone center where you would buy generally 5 minutes at a time.
Used for local and international distances.

Their denominations run from 10c to 3Frs. No 2frs were issued though

Some are quite rare like the green 3Frs of the latter period 1900-06 with a cotation of 8500 euros new.

Yours in a good state is worth 14 euros used.

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