Because of a 3 and a half year old nephew being a huge fan of Enid Blyton's character, I made the way from the metro station Sablons in good-looking Neuilly-sur-Seine and the forestial landscape of the Jardin d'acclimation, in the Bois de Boulogne.
Noddy was today one of the four heroes of the first day sale in Paris, co-starring the green picture holiday booklet (cut or podded, green nature from all latitudes, wild or mowed), and two booklets revealing if your relative give birth to a boy or a girl.
Let's compliment Phil@poste - first: it will change my habbits - second: it will rain tomorrow and we save the underground water reserve of the Paris Basin :p
Date was pertinent: a schoolfree wednesday in sunny spring (24 hours before... not so sunny). Place was pertinent: green zooligical park in a good-looking and safe neighbouhood, easily reachable. A usual familial place where visitors could discover that stamps were sold today. Like this mother who was interested in Phil@poste's youth topical "stamped books" exhibited on a large table just at young eyes level. Outside, rest places were decorated with the character, his yellow car and all his friends.
Around 12:30 pm, a dozen usual collectors were buying, sticking and waiting cancelling (Phil@poste must make huge benefits thank to first day cancellations without mail transportation...) their stamps like that or put into albums. More discreetly, an association was selling its souvenirs and exhibits a comics character collection on maximum cards.
If Timbres magazine was enthousiastic last March of the more adult choice for the Stamp Festival stamps with Tex Avery's characters1, I wonder on the choice to limit ro one place in whole France the "Oui-Oui" first day sale while it can attract kids (they choose) and parents (they pay) and while a thousand places were opened for the Stamp Festival.
1: I quote the new issue flyer: "A good news: the stamp, this year, has, for its festival, turned its back to the childhood world - a world that, we think, it does not belong to - to finally come to the adults' world."