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TOPIC: Postal Marks of France

Postal Marks of France 1 year 11 months ago #122

Hi All,

Would anyone know the best "bible" for postmarks in France?

Thank You in anticipation.
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Postal Marks of France 3 weeks 4 days ago #134

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For anyone interested in the postmarks of France, it should be remembered that yhe French post office used standard cancellers for different categories of mail and, with some variations stuck to this. As far as the standard postmarks up to WWI are concerned the bible on the subject is Jean Paul Alexander's " Dictionnaire historique des timbres et griffes 'standard' de l'Administration Francaise des Postes. 1792-1914. Published by Brun et Fils in 1996.
All of the different brochures by Pothion, father and son, are also useful tools. They covered all the different categories of mail. These are now out of print but quite easily findable.
For regional studies there is a large selection depending on what one wants. Generally, the works of Chevalier, Mathieur, de Beafond and Rochette/Pothion and Lautier for later daates are a good starting point.
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