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 FCPS-LogoIn 1949, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first French postage stamp, a group of British philatelists set up a pioneering  specialist  philatelic society devoted to the study of the stamps of France and the then French Empire. From small beginnings, the France and Colonies Philatelic Society now unites over 300 collectors in Britain and overseas in the many and varied delights of the stamps and postal history of la Francophonie.

The Society provides an extensive programme of meetings in several locations, holds an annual Philatelic Weekend, publishes a well regarded and authoritative Journal and series of monographs as well as several more extensive specialist philatelic books, operates a magazine circuit, two thriving exchange packets and three postal Auctions a year. It is a friendly and informal group to which non-members are welcome to attend any of our meetings.

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FUTURE EVENTS

ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM
Zoom has become popular in the last few months as a means of conducting online meetings. It was decided that the France & Colonies PS follows suit. Could members interested please advise Chris Hitchen by email  to let us know whether you would simply wish to view displays or whether you would be able to give a display as well. Those without a webcam can of course still view the displays but will not be seen by others. FULL DETAILS ON HOW TO JOIN AND/OR DISPLAY IN ZOOM

Future information on Zoom meetings will only be sent to those who express an interest. Many will not be interested and we do not want to bother those members with unnecessary emails. Read more

The Northern Group is planning a Virtual meeting on 4 March from 15.00 GMT (Zoom will be open from 14.45). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Zoom invitation. Members are invited to send scans of stamps or covers in respect of which you have a query to Peter Maybury, for discussion at the meeting.

Regular monthly Zoom meetings to be held at 14.30 GMT are proposed for:
Tuesday 9 March - Guadeloupe Postal History – Revisited by Ed Grabowski
Tuesday 6 April - The French Congo 1900 pictorial issue – Ken Nilsestuen President France & Colonies philatelic society US:

It is intended that we hold Zoom meetings on: 4 May, 1 June, 29 June, 27 July but this does rather depend on offers of displays. 

Details of the previous two meetings are here.

ANNUAL WEEKEND AND AGM - 9TH TO 11TH JULY 2021
Whilst circumstances are still difficult for most, the vaccination roll out should improve matters by early summer. Many who enjoy are weekend meeting were disappointed when that scheduled for March had to be cancelled. The good news is that we have now managed to rearrange this for 9th to 11th July 2021 back at our old venue at Charlecote.

A full program will be made available to all well before the meeting. Application form and further details are here.

REGIONAL MEETINGS
Presently the only scheduled meeting for the Society is the Northern Group planned for 7 August – at Rotherham (location details to follow as it will be a changed venue).  1200 – 1700, commencing with pub lunch. Main display ‘Underpaid Mail’ plus members’ displays. When more details come to hand they will be advertised on the website, Should you wish more information contact Steve Ellis by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The website will always have the latest information so members will need to consult that regularly to see what is going on. When things improve then Convenors will arrange meetings as soon as practical. It may well not be feasible to advise these in the Journal in advance. Details of converors is herePlease consider using the FORUM in the meantime - perhaps share your latest acquisitions or any query or comment you may have. If you have not registered as a member, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preferred password and a Username will be provided.

All Society services continue as normal, it is only meetings that are off limits for the time being.

THE FRANCE AND COLONIES PHILATELIC SOCIETY VIRTUAL DISPLAYS

Due to the continued cancellation of meetings for the foreseeable future, it was decided for the enjoyment of all to place a Virtual Display on-line when no Journal is published. It is hoped it will grow into a permanent display and continue when the world gets back to "normal". Society members are treated to the display for the month preceeding the web up-loaded display where it will remain until the owner wishes it removed. Society members are encouraged to contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to showcase their displays. Should members wish to remain anonymous for the on-line displays they may do so.

We have three more displays to entertain you this month - It is envisaged new displays will be uploaded in early March

12 Allies in the EEF coverThe first is from David Trapnell - Allies in the British-led Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1916-1918’. It deals not only with French material but that from other countries too and is part of a larger collection which is the basis of a forthcoming publication by David entitled Allies in the British-led Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1916-1918’

 

 

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11 Sabine Definitives 977 1981The second display is offered to us by Andrew Telfer Brunton‘The Sabine definitives of France’. The stamp design, based on the head of the Sabine woman featured in Jacques-Louis David’s 1799 painting, was created by the celebrated designer and engraver Pierre Gandon and issued in 1977. The design echoes his iconic Marianne de Gandon post-war issue which might explain the popularity of the later Sabine issue. This colourful and informative display covers the full period of the issue during the late 20th century and also the re-issues in euros in 2017.

 

 

 

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10 Canal du Midi coverOur third display is from Peter Maybury who delighted us with his ‘The French Conquest of Tunisia’ back in July. This time he turns to a topic slightly closer to home in the form of a study of ‘The Canal du Midi’ in the south-west of France. Surely, this is the most romantic waterway in the country which attracts thousands of boat enthusiasts each year (and chefs and television crews) keen to discover the changing landscapes and experience the various gastronomical delights during their journey between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Peter’s display returns though to the canal’s earlier days and with postcards and 18th and 19th century correspondence we learn of the canal’s construction and commercial use of yesteryear.

Members were treated to an indepth display of the Canal du Midi at our Zoom Meeting in January. Members who missed it can contact Chris Hitchen for a direct link to the YouTube video. This video is not viewable by the general public. 



Earlier Displays

‘The Axis Occupation of France’. from Alan Baum, offers us an opportunity to see material that we normally only come across when turning the pages of the back of the catalogue:- Pétain and the Legion of Volunteers against Bolshevism, German Occupation of Northern France etc.

‘France - Rural Service Correspondance Locale, Distribution'  from Paul Grigg delights us to a thorough examination of the CL and CD marks of the first half of the 19th century.

‘The regions of France in the early 20th century as illustrated in Picture Postcards from 1902 to 1918’ from Roger Niven gives us a  fascinating insight into a very short period of French history including the postcard depicting the washerwomen in Nice. Those of you who know this town may just about work out where the photo was taken.
  
France Rail Mail by Steve Ellis, examines one of France’s major companies, the P.L.M., together with its forerunners, from 1849 to the present day and illustrates the cancellations encountered on mail transported by the company.

‘The use of the French Franchise Militaire (F.M.) Stamps in the Colonies’ by Ed Grabowski. Ed explains the regulations regarding military concessionary rates available to occupation forces in the Colonies prior to 1901 and then proceeds with a study of the F.M. overprints on the Mouchon and Sower issues, all illustrated with rarely seen material.

French Conquest of Tunisia  by Peter Maybury, Peter is the Society’s leading authority on maritime mail of French North Africa and has regularly enthralled us at the Annual Philatelic Weekends with his outstanding material. Peter’s display is on the French Conquest of Tunisia includes precursor mail as early as 1777 as well as material from both expeditions between 1881-1883.

Metz Balloon Post September 5 to October 3, 1870. from Steve Walske who is well known for his collections of the American Civil War Blockade 1861-65 and the Pony Express, he shows us this magnificent display of similarly elusive material from his unique collection of Balloon Post

Madagascar and Dependencies by Ed Grabowski. The display studies the postal usage of the Colonial Allegorical Type, also referred to as the Navigation and Commerce issue, in Madagascar & Dependencies during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

The Chapelle de Ronchamp issues of 1964 and 1965: by Mick Bister. In the summer of 2018, while driving down from Alsace to Burgundy, Mick Bister made a short detour to visit the Chapelle de Notre-Dame du Haut above the little town of Ronchamp. The history of the site over the centuries and ultimately the involvement of one of the most talented architects of our time, Le Corbusier, inspired Mick to return to his collection of 1960s stamps and see how the two stamps depicting the chapel, issued in 1964 and 1965, could be developed into an in-depth study.

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JOURNAL 294

front cover J293 WEBThe 60 page December edition of the Journal is now at the printers and hopefully will get to you in the early days of December. Members who receive their Journals digitally will also receive their copies in the next few days via WeTransfer rather than Dropbox. Please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know if you have any problems downloading any files..

We are always in need of articles, large or small, if you have something of interest please consider sending it for inclusion in a later edition. Type your text in Word, add any images, scanned at 300dpi, as separate jpeg attachments and email them to Mick Bister. 

Journal 294's articles are:
•  France and the British post office 1660 to 1833
•  Post-independence postmarks of the Central African Republic - Part 3
•  The International Reciprocal Concessionary Rate for Newspapers and Periodicals
•  The 1F50 ‘tolerated’ letter rate to the Comité International de la Croix Rouge in Geneva
•  A guide to blocs-feuillets and other miniature sheets blocs-

Plus 10 shorter items including a new series on the Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815. We also have a query from Richard Broadhurst who asks if anyone has any information on the beautifully illustrated FIDES charity labels printed by the Institut de Gravure depicting missionaries in different countries.Fides vignettes1We also have in depth reviews of Les indésirables : les camps d'internés civils français et étrangers 1939 – 1946 en France et dans les Colonies' and Yvert & Tellier Catalogue ‘Timbres de France’ , Tome 1, 2021, and a follow up of Zentralafrika 2018/2019 and Züdafrika 2018/2019, plus our usual Society notes and a report on a live meeting in Wessex!  All articles are richly illustrated with examples of covers or stamps a selection of which is shown in the rotating gallery above. Jan Gane

The Journal, produced three times a year is available to members only - an application for membership can be downloaded here. Back issues of the Journal from 2003 - 2019 may be viewed here.

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News

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THE NORTHERN GROUP is planning a Virtual meeting on 4 March from 15.00 GMT (Zoom will be open from 14.45). Email Peter Maybury for the Zoom invitation. Members are invited to send scans of stamps or covers in respect of which you have a query to Peter Maybury, for discussion at the meeting.

The Northern Group is also planning a 'real' meeting for 7 August – at Rotherham (location details to follow as it will be a changed venue).  1200 – 1700, commencing with pub lunch. Main display ‘Underpaid Mail’ plus members’ displays. When more details come to hand they will be advertised on the website, Should you wish more information contact Steve Ellis by email email

13 NEW JOURNALS NOW ON-LINE

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Thirteen Journals have been uploaded to the website for your enjoyment.
Our Journals on-line now number 74 - whole numbers 215 - 279.
You will find them here.

NEW VIRTUAL DISPLAYS ARE NOW ON-LINE:

Allies in the British-led Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1916-1918’.

‘The Sabine definitives of France’.

‘The Canal du Midi’