Thursday, June 02, 2011

A French stamp with a cow, a FDC and a mail-art puzzle…

(I haven’t bee very active on this blog in the last two weeks, sorry for this. But I have been very busy and some personal issues have eaten all my free time preventing from taking care of my stamps. Hopefully now everything is back to normal.)

On the 16th of May 2011, the French postal administration has issued a stamp that falls into my collection of cows on stamps! This stamp commemorates the 250th anniversary of the creation of the first veterinary school in the world.

The first veterinary school has been created in 1761 in Lyon by Claude Bourgelat (1712-1779). The portrait of Bourgelat is pictured on the stamp with a cow in the background.
To be noticed that this stamp has been designed by Sophie Beaujard and has been engraved by her father (who has created the current French definitive stamps), hence the presence of the two names in the right and left bottom corners!

My friend
Eric has participated to the first day ceremony of this stamp issue and has sent me a First Day Cover bearing the very nice first day cancel and also the signature of Sophie Beaujard the designer of the stamp. Thank you very much Eric for this very nice cover.

As you can see, the French post, once again, didn’t respect this philatelic item and has spoiled it with an ugly mechanical cancellation. The same thing that happened to me earlier in the year (read here). The same has happened to Eric (read here). What a pity.

This stamp has inspired by friend Philippe Charron, the mail artist I have already mentioned several times on this blog. He has sent me a mail-art puzzle, made of six pieces. I have received one piece every day, and only after the 6th day I was able to enjoy the full drawing. It was not easy to scan and to present in one picture but here it is.

Nice, isn’t it? Each piece of the puzzle is a sort of postcard franked with the stamp os today’s post.
The drawing is around a word play that only works in French. In French a milk cow is said “une vache à lait” (vache=cow, lait=milk). “Lait”, when pronounced, sounds that the beginning of “Lettres”, the French word for “letters”. So Philippe transformed the “vache à lait” into a “vache à lettres” (a letter cow), picturing a cow that produces letters and words instead of milk. Don’t know if my explaination is very clear, but it does not prevent from enjoying the work of Philippe!


Philip Bologa said...
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Vítor Vieira said...

Bonjour bonsoir,

Je collectionne les timbres insolites: les timbres ronds, des timbres en forme de cœur, les joints triangulaires, hexagonales, irrégulières, comme les Tonga et la Sierra Leone, des blocs avec des étiquettes rondes, coeur, etc .. et les joints faits d'autres matériaux: soie, le bois, la broderie et des tissus, etc ..

Je sais que la France a émis de nombreux timbres en forme de coeur et je cherche les blocs avec ces timbres ou timbres publié dans la nouvelle, cherche aussi des lettres avec des timbres inhabituels de partout dans le muet.

J'ai l'intention de retour, je vous envoie quelques émissions au Portugal, des nouveaux scellements et blocs, aussi si vous voulez étiquettes étiquettes, etc ... d'accord pour échanger, il faut aussi beaucoup de lettres franchisés avec ce type de sceaux, timbres et des blocs ainsi que rare en France ou un autre pays, je veux atteindre 5 images pour exposer ce thème de classe


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Philip Bologa said...

Hi ! excenge stamps & leters?