Tuesday, 30 May 2017

France - Haute-Garonne - Blagnac - Bureau philatélique

In France the national postal company La Poste has named some 300 post offices as a Bureau philatélique in 2016. There customers can buy the recent French stamps at all windows (there is not one specific philatelic window). Also available are stamps of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Andorra, UNESCO and Council of Europe. A special postmark ('grand format illustré') is available. The post offices with this service can be recognized at a large display case. There is no sign on the post office doors.

Blagnac is a municipality in the department of Haute-Garonne in the south of France. It has circa 24.000 inhabitants and is part of the urban community of Greater Toulouse. Blagnac is best known for having the main office of Airbus, the European civil aircraft manufacturer.

The stamp I chose for the envelope is an airmail stamp from 2006 that features the Airbus 380, that is built in Blagnac. Although the stamp has a value higher than the international postal tariff, it is the only Blagnac stamp that France has issued.

The envelope was very neatly postmarked, but unfortunately three days later it went through a machine that left its mark on the envelope. Apparently that not only happens in Germany, Britain and the United States.

Date sent: 4 May 2017
Date postmark: 12 May 2017
Date received: 17 May 2017
Number of days: 13
Envelope in collection: 63

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