Yes, I shouldn't bingewatch Game of Thrones during heatwave episodes :)
Monday 12 June: What's this stamp's message?!
Considering my two decade long career as French voter, I am still puzzled by the message of this stamp designed by Louis Briat in 1995.
|Louis Briat's National Assembly stamp, issued 15 May 1995 (via Phil-Ouest.com).|
But the meaning of the symbols... decided by the artist... ordered or accepted by the political and postal authorities...?
After two decades of political despair in front of my democracy, I concluded that the nightly blue palace kept Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People prisoner of the political elite.
Now, under the current Macronmania, I'm thinking that the People entered the sleepy palace to set the old political world ablaze... Not very Emmanuel Macron that idea... Is it a premonition of what would happen if he failed considering some of the new deputies: Le Pen and Mélenchon.
Tuesday 13 June: No stamp at the Oaxcala post office. What of the Museum?
I receive a holiday postcard from Oaxcala, Mexico. The sender was sad that no postage stamp was available at the post office of this city, famous for precolombian archeological settlements.
|A Mexican counter label, 12 April 2017. The postcode 68001 corresponds to the current set of codes for Oaxcala city and state (thank you Sophie).|
|Will this little fish stand still in his stamp? (MUFI's Twitter page, June 2017).|
Wednesday 14 June: Uninspired stamps of France...
The article in French is the evil kin of the one published the same day in English.
While touristic stamps of France are often wonderful, inspired and sometimes looks innovative in treatment, commemorative anniversary are sometimes dull.
Why engraved a phi letter in the hand of a Queen of France? Fun with or against collectors? Or, I wish, an angry gesture by an engraver fed up by adding this stupid symbol on all commemorative stamps of France since 2010? I'm afraid the answer will be the former.
The main part of the article are about the centenary of the Lions Club. Too many postal operators just copy-paste the anniversary's or the organisation's logo. And have the gods of philately and good taste mercy for Monaco...
|Simple designs yes, but useful design for the Lions Club (Jersey Stamps webshop).|
Thursday 15 June: Universal Mail stamp puzzled a French Muggle family.
A family from Nantes received a postcard from the son's friend visiting London.
|The postcard and its many labels (Presse Océan).|
Philatelists will recognize a Universal Mail UK stamp, the private post that aimed at tourists' international postcards.
The sending family bought a booklet at any commodities in central London, but not a post office. Universal Mail franked card can be dropped in a Royal Mail box. At the sorting center, these cards are gathered and given back to Universal Mail that forwards them by anyway at the lower cost possible.
In this case, early April, the chosen route was lenghthy in distance and time: through Praha, Czech Republic. Hence the postage paid label with the Czech Post's logo.
Saturday 17 June: Royal June of travels.
Is it the Royal Philatelic Society London's June activities? Or my Summer-is-coming state of mind? For the second year in a row, I got travel inspired by the June articles and displays at 41 Devonshire, London.
I could only invite you to check the summary of the June issue of The London Philatelist, the last edited by Steve Jarvis, and the collection and talk by Frank Walton, his last as President of the society.