Sunday, July 17, 2016

Week #2016.28 on SébPhilatelie and in Europe

Monday 11 July: European philatelic and postal news.
From my readings of Google News,, the Commonwealth Stamp Opinion and Norvics blogs, a handful of philatelic and postal news from Western Europe.
Brexit: The current British Home Guard ready to repel the European invasion! (Lonely Planet via The Daily Mail).
How French postal clercks may have jeopardize the British referendum on the European Union by misunderstanding the British postage already paid envelopes, a possible crime of lèse-Prime Minister in the background picture of a commemorative sheet of Jersey, a second Postcrossing issue for Guernsey, the Swiss Post to make gifts to the Swiss people by January 1st 2017, the comeback of Afinsa catalogues of Portugal and colonies (look for Mundifil now), news on Machin stamps' phosphorescence, and how seagulls are a threat against mail carrying.

The SebPhilately Postcrossing Stamp Catalogue was updated accordingly.

Thursday 14 July: Paris-Philex and how philately is the history of Empires and Globalisation.
The seventh article about France Philately Championship at Paris-Philex with some covers illustrating how philately and postal history are linked to the history of colonial empires and the rise of globalisation.
Lettre de Rhodes italienne pour Téhéran en mai 1933 (collection René Maréchal, Paris-Philex 2016).
But, between the conquest of people and their exploitation by big companies, there lies hope of human and sustainable development. And there are old proofs of that: aerophilatelist René Maréchal proposed a collection on the airmail of the Aegean See between 1929 and 1947, when Italy possessed Rhodes and the Dodecane islands.

The cover pictured here was sent from Rhodes on May 1933 to a relative living in Tehran, Persia and working at a school of the Alliance israélite universelle. Four airmail companies of four different countries, allies and ennemies two by two, forwarded the cover to a country where the jewish community is still a recognised minority - despite the difficulties of geopolicy.

Sunday 17 July: Fed up with French politicians.
Again a terrorist attack in France, again a French politician manage to say something... surprising ?
The only stamp I found on this topic: a rocket launcher as one of the weapons of the Cuban Revolution (1965 stamp, series for the Museum of the Révolution.,
Henri Guaino regrets that no French soldier with a rocket launcher on his shoulder was present in Nice on the 14th evening... Yes! With a well aimed rocket, the lorry wouldn't have continued his murderous way any longer... And how he dismiss the civilian casualties around the explosion...

I think I begin to be aware of how some people lived the 1930s in France and Britain, watching the dangers growing while their national politicians dismissed them.

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