Saturday, 29 April 2017
The republic of France in Western Europe started to issue postage stamps in 1849. Almost all French stamps are still valid for postage. Stamps in French francs can be used at 15 eurocents per franc.
The stamp on the envelope I affixed myself is for letters to European countries. It shows Marianne, the personification of the French republic. Through the years a number of different series with Marianne have been issued.
The postmark is from the central philatelic sales point in Paris. Normally that is housed in the 'poste centrale du Louvre' at 52 rue du Louvre in the first arrondissement of Paris. In 2015 a renovation project started and the post office moved temporarily to 16 rue Étienne Marcel, 400 metres to the east. In 2018 the post office will return to its normal place and the postmark will change back to the rue du Louvre.
Website of La Poste (sells stamps of France, Andorra (French Post Office), French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and the French Southern and Antarctic Territories): boutique.laposte.fr/collectionneur.
Date sent: 5 April 2017
Date postmark: 21 April 2017
Date received: 25 April 2017
Number of days: 20
Envelope in collection: 14