The use of adhesive stamps in France began shortly after the revolution of 1848, which gave rise to the Second Republic and the election of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte as its president (Napoléon III, as he would become known, became emperor of France in 1852). The first stamps released by the republic depicted the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, with a cluster of grapes in her hair. Subsequent stamps showed off Napoléon III, at least until he was overthrown in 1870. In the years that followed, French stamps routinely celebrated the arts. One stamp printed in 1925 trumpeted the International Exposition of Decorative Arts, a show in Paris that gave rise to the phrase Art Deco. Then there was the 1939 set, designed to raise money for a fund devoted to the welfare of unemployed intellectuals.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Alphabetilately

Alphabetilately

First shown in 2008 to celebrate the Smithsonian National Postal Museum's 15th anniversary, Alphabetilately is esse… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

France 1922 Sower Advertising Block Mh France 1872 Superb Entire To Buenos Aires Argentina France: Yv2 15c Ceres -fine-vfuFrance 1870 Bordeaux 20c Blue Pair Var. (sc 45) VfuFrance 1860 Napoleon Imperf 10c + 40c + 80c On Cover To NaplesFrance , 1915 Interesting Cover To London France 1 Balloon Post Cover To Norway 21st.nov 1870 Villi''d' Orleans France: Good Selection Of Bordeaux Vf/seconds To 80c[40722] France 1849 : Good Stamp Very Fine Used. Value $ 1200France 1853, Small Cover To Newfoundland, Scarce Destination! #m556France: Excellent Selection Of Mint Sages VfFrance: 2c Bordeaux Excellent Lightly Hinged Mint Og Pretty[42034] France 1937 : Good Set Of Stamps Very Fine Mnh. Value $ 540Nystamps France Laos Large Much Mint Nh Stamp CollectionFrance: 1fr Ceres Fine-vfuFrance(-1976), 100's Of Stamps Hinged In A Scott Specialty Album France 1936 Air 50fr Banknote Used Stamp High CatFrance, 1949 Complete Sheet Citex Unused, Has Tone Spots France: 10fr Merson Vf+ Nhm OgFrance: Yv1 10c Ceres -vfuFrance, 1849 , 15 Cent Green Is This A Forgery? Looks Like One Syria Alaouite Grand Liban Lot Merson TypeFrance 1936 Air Transatlantic Flight 10fr Mh Stamp High CatFrance , Alsace 1870-71 Hinged Unused Values Syria Ottoman French Occupation Unusual Document With Variety Hv Revenue StampsFrance , Alsace 1870-71 Fu Values France: Lovely Sel Of Type Sage Vf MintFrance , Sower Pair Misplaced Perfs Mh France 1952 Used Stamp (yv #929) On Maximum Card. French Catalog : 850€....r3250France: 40c Ceres Imperf Vfu Signed StolowNoblespirit~no Reserve~1631/78~exciting Mint French Colonies Specialized Album!France 1849-75 Excellent Postmark Study, High Cat [16311] Monaco 1955 Birds Good Stamp Very Fine Airmail Mnh/high ValueFrance,1935 Small Sowers Study France: 75c Sage Rose Type 2 Very Fine Mint Hinged Og PrettyNoblespirit~no Reserve~3710/160~valuable Mint Andorra Stamp Collection High CvFrance: 10c Napoleon Repub Fine UsedFrance: 10c Sage Type 2 Yv76 Vfu+Syria Alaouites Lot Poste Aerienne AvionFrance 1867 Cover To Ireland 1924 Paris France Olympic Postal Card Printed To Private Order 15c Pasteur -rareNystamps France Monaco Much Mint Nh Stamp CollectionFrance 1923 Air Aviation Meeting Labels Multi Stamped Cover Rare!France , Early Postage Dues Fu France: 25c Sage Blue Excellent Mint Hinged Og PrettyFrench Colony Senegal Scott 32 UsedFrance: 1c Bordeaux Vf Mint Hinged Small Part OgAlgeria France To Uk 1869 Paquebot Cover Alger Bat A Vap1931 France 1f.50 Sinking Fund Sg 493 Mh/* (cat £180)France 1890, Scarce Panama Interoceanic Canal Revenue & Coupons On Fragment#m586Syria Aleppo Gov. French Occupation Very Rare 100 Ps Notary Fees Revenue StampSyria Ottoman French Occupation 85 Old Documents With Much More Revenue StampsFrance 1863 5fr Gray (sc 3) Fine Used $825France , Alsace 1870-71 Hinged Unused Values Burelage Reversed France 1936 Air Fine Used Set To 50fr 7 Stamps High CatNoblespirit~no Reserve~1388/28 "e-h" & "c" 3 Volume Scott International CollFrance: Taxe 1fr And 5fr Marron Vf Mint Regummed18 French Sudan Air Mail Stamps C1 Through C13 And C16 Through C20 Mint Nh NorFrance: 25c Sage Red/black Very Fine Mint Hinged Og PrettyFrance: 80c Napoleon Laure Small Part Og Vf Mint