On the cover an animated cover is climbing up on to a ladder to put itself into a very high mail box. A frog is following on to the ladder. For those who do not read French the translation of what the frog says is: “Hey, this is not your job to climb on to ladders”. In France at least, frogs are known to have the capability to help predicting the weather by their position on a ladder. (In fact frogs are very sensible to the atmospheric pressure and therefore change their position on a ladder according to the change of pressure.).
It is a funny usage of the stamp image, isn’t it?
The stamp which is used on the cover is part of a set of six stamps issued in 1997 that depict the various stages of sending a letter: from writing a letter to receiving and reading it. Here is a picture of the full set.
The second cover is a sort of tribute to Marcel Duchamp and his ready-made art.
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was a French artist who, among other things, has created the notion of ready made art, which is the usage of manufactured objects as pieces of art. With this “ready made mailing art” Philippe wanted to show me that you don’t need to have drawing capabilities to create mailing art. For this cover he used ready made frog stickers and I think it gives and interesting result.
Two different stamps are used on this cover. The one that is repeated four times was issued in 1973 for nature protection and pictures storks from Alsace, an area located on the East side of France. I think that nowadays this is harder and harder to see storks on chimneys.
The stamp in the middle was issued in 1981 to commemorate the costal protection agency (Conservatoire de l’éspace littoral) a public organization created in 1975 to ensure protection of natural areas on the coast. The bird pictured on the stamp is not a stork but a heron.
Thank you again Philippe for these two new covers.