Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Week #2016.23 and 24½ on SébPhilatelie: Paris-Philex (2)

After a first glimpse of Paris-Philex (on 25 May), the new French Federation's Parisian show (shorter, cost-effective, better placed), I continue my summaries going to topics seldom written about in the French philatelic publications: the competitive exhibitions.

But there are other topics too.

Monday 6 June: a first day of omelette issue for French Minister of Economy.
In communist stronghold town of Montreuil, East of Paris, French Minister of the Economy Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the 80th anniversary issue of the Front Populaire, the political alliance of 1936 that fought against a rise of fascism in France and helped established social rights at work.
The three first women ministers of France by Ernest Pignon-Ernest (phil-ouest.com).
The problem: Mr. Macron, a young unelected banker by profession and economically very liberal, faced a demonstration by left organisations. A confrontation that ended with an egg on the minister's hair. As reported by journalists, for once present at a first day of issue.

Conclusion: don't forget your eggs the next time you go to a stamp show with too many special costly issues :)

Saturday 11 June: French media in the Pacific Ocean speak about philately.
While Saint-Pierre and Miquelon public radio and television are always evoking philately, early June saw movements in the Pacific French overseas collectivies.
The street art / New York 2016 stamp from French Polynesia (via Tahiti infos).
Polynésie 1ère reported the presence of the French Polynesian philatelic service at World Stamp Show New York, with a commemorative stamps on street art in Tahiti.

In New Caledonia, private television NCI, on June 7th, let Jean-Pierre Bressler from Le Cagou philatelic association present the annual collections show of Noumea. For stamp collectors, the club organised in May-early June a competition to find the new definitive stamp design of the archipelago, figuring the eponym emblem bird.

Sunday 12 June: stricking collections at Paris-Philex.
To try commenting a competition of exhibitions, let's begin with a first article on the most stricking classical collections.

Brigitte Abensur's very classical approach to postal history (Napoléon III stamp on worldwide mail) yet highly accessible to amateurs, the wife of a philatelist and even a moron like me. Gold medal, 91 points and a special prize.

Modern style was Marc Gérault's approach of the 15 francs Marianne by Gandon stamps with A3 sheets and the introduction of the stamps in pairs from advertisment booklets... Nice. Large Vermeil, 87 points, ten points gained in 3 participations.
THE item of Paris-Philex 2016 (collection Laurent Bonnefoy).
Laurent Bonnefoy's full window 1907 letter from a French bank to Finland's Revenue... Window as in philatelic English: one letter = one full frame franked with more than twenty 5 francs Merson stamps.

Gold medal, 90 points... But no special prize. Hopefully it's philately and not football where supporters can confront the referees.

To be continued with other collections put together through my personal points of view.

Tuesday 14 June: Why not a prize for the best dealer at a stamp show?
Why not celebrate the dealers who make efforts to please their clients while taking their money?
Logotype of the Danish merchant (website).
My Paris-Philex 2016 best dealer is JF-Stamps from Odense, Denmark!

First because they know there are other countries in the philatelic world than France and its colonies.

Second and mainly because they DO NOT WRITE the price on the covers!!! But on the protective plastic envelope.

Should the other dealers of the show from France, Germany and other places learn from example, please.

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