First lithographed stamp
The United States has Uncle Sam, the UK John Bull, Australia its Boxing Kangaroo and France, Marianne. Marianne and France have been together since the French Revolution. The female figure is an allegory of liberty, reason and a representation ofthe Goddess of Liberty. Marianne is the official government logo and found on French euro coins and on French postage stamps.
Marianne is usually depicted as a young maiden and traditionally wears a red Phrygian cap; a soft, felt cap covering the ears, with a rounded top that is pulled forward. Virtually every town in France has an official bust of Marianne. Since the end of World War, sculptors have been commissioned by the State to design of new images using famous women of France as models. Marianne took on the features of Brigitte Bardot
(1968), Michèle Morgan (1972), Mireille Mathieu (1978), Catherine Deneuve (1985), Inès de La Fressange (1989), Laetitia Casta (2000), and Sophie Marceau (2012). It is also interesting to note that a new Marianne design is selected by the President of France.
Most series of postage stamps have many different values but there have been certain issues with only one stamp. There is very little overlap. Here is the Marianne series showing the progression of stamps from 1944 to the current version.
Sheet of labels.
The third miniature sheet was issued in April 1980 and commemorates the exhibition itself.
To publicize the exhibition, the British Post Office issued their very first miniature sheet in 1978; two years in advance of the exhibition. The stamps featured historic buildings.
A second miniature sheet was issued in 1979 to commemorate Sir Rowland Hill who originated the basic concept of the postal service and is credited with inventing the postage stamp.
The London 1980 International Stamp Exhibition was held May 6-14, 1980. The British Post Office helped with the financing by providing any amount in excess of the face value of the stamp(s) to the exhibition. Money not used by the exhibition was placed in a separate fund for philately.
Old versus new.
Long before phones and computers, these glorious examples of art and craftsmanship, seemingly, mere little blobs of ink on paper, have been part of our human history spanning the globe. They have helped us "reach out and touch someone" for more than 165 years. Do you collect? How, and what, do you collect? They provide a constant stimulus for the inquisitive mind and lover of history. Come Join Us!
The challenge, is engaging the younger generations, and thus, we congratulate a fellow club member for her innovation. The club has established a grant program to help school teachers with the cost of using stamps in their school curriculum. Grants are limited to school systems in the Greater Mid-South (Memphis, TN, USA) area. Below, Tammy Phillips, our first Grant Recipient, received her award from Karla Norman. Please see the MSCS Grant page under "School Librarian".
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