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Posted 04/04/2019   02:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Johan Buvelot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Example I recieved yesterday, I also have some UN examples, but I do not know if the belong in this post.


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Posted 04/04/2019   8:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lithograving to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The BEP had some amazing engravers over the years and in
my opinion the stamps look better without the denomination.



BEP ASDA 1977






BEP PURIPEX 77






BEP ROMPEX 77



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Posted 04/04/2019   9:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lithograving to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Even though this one is not philatelic it does show pure excellence in the art of engraving.
George Frederick Cumming Smillie also engraved stamps for the Bureau.

BEP ANA 1980




I just finished binge watching the Ken Burns 1990 miniseries
The Civil War and these two generals had a big part in it.

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Posted 04/05/2019   03:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dry Tech to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"pure excellence" indeed.

Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 04/06/2019   1:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


http://www.cnep.fr/?s=1946 ... the Autumn Philatelic Fair, founded 1946, is usually held ~11 November.

https://www.wikitimbres.fr/timbres/...atelie-paris ... and that fair had its own stamp!

https://www.wikitimbres.fr/ ... WAIT ... there's a wikitimbres?

But our maxicard, while promoting the show - and, perhaps, being sold as a fund-raiser for the show - is about the FDoI of the 1946 2F+3F semi-postal "pour le Musee Postal".

Country: France
Catalog codes:
Yvert et Tellier FR 753
Michel FR 746
Stamp Number FR B205
Stanley Gibbons FR 966
Issued on: 1946-05-25
Expiry date: 1946-10-26
Size: 26 x 40 mm
Format: Stamp
Emission: Semi-Postal
Perforation: comb 13
Printing: Recess
Colors: Brown red
Face value: 2+3 ? - French franc
Print run: 3,050,000
Engraver: H.CHEFFER
Design: D'APRES CHARDIN

http://goscf.com/t/61565 ... French Stamp Engravers ... lithograving's OP was about H.Cheffer

http://goscf.com/t/61565#531809 ... lithograving's copy of this stamp is far fresher than mine

The stamp design is derived from a painting.

http://www.jean-baptiste-simeon-cha...-Letter.html ... Chardin's Lady Sealing a Letter

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-...m?on_Chardin ... Jean-Baptiste-Sim?on Chardin (1699-1779)



Lastly, here's the ASCII text of the poetry on the card:


Quote:
Hate-toy donc, Frontain : vois ta jeune maitresse,
Sa tendre impatience eclate dans ses yeux;
Il lui tarde deja que l'objet de ses voeux
Ait recu ce Billet, gage de sa tendresse.
Ah! Frontain, pour agir avec cette lenteur
Jamais le Dieu d'Amour n'a donc touche ton coeur.


Seems to boil down to: he's eager, she's thinking about it. Sound familiar?


Quote:
Frank Loesser's "Baby, it's cold outside"

I really can't stay (but baby, it's cold outside)
I've got to go away (but baby, it's cold outside)
This evening has been (been hoping that you'd drop in)
So very nice (i'll hold your hands, they're just like ice)
My mother will start to worry (beautiful what's your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (listen to the fireplace roar)
So really I'd better scurry (beautiful please don't hurry)
But maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while I pour)
The neighbors might think (baby, it's bad out there)
Say what's in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (i'll take your hat, your hair looks swell)
I ought to say, no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer?)
At least I'm gonna say that I tried (what's the sense in hurtin' my pride?)
I really can't stay (oh baby don't hold out)
But baby, it's cold outside
I simply must go (but baby, it's cold outside)
The answer is no (but baby, it's cold outside)
Your welcome has been(how lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (look out the window at this dawn)
My sister will be suspicious (gosh your lips look delicious)
My brother will be there at the door (waves upon the tropical shore)
My maiden aunts mind is vicious (gosh your lips are delicious)
But maybe just a cigarette more (never such a blizzard before)
I've gotta get home(but baby, you'd freeze out there)
Say lend me a coat(it's up to your knees out there)
You've really been grand (i thrill when you touch my hand)
But don't you see? (how can you do this thing to me?)
There's bound to be talk tomorrow (think of my lifelong sorrow)
At least there will be plenty implied (if you got pnuemonia and died)
I really can't stay (get over that old out)
Baby, it's cold
Baby, it's cold outside


https://people.com/music/baby-its-c...chael-buble/ ... several popular renditions

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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Edited by ikeyPikey - 04/06/2019 2:16 pm
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Posted 04/09/2019   02:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ohhh, you aren't going to like this, Ike, but Maxi-cards are not considered true souvenir cards. The Souvenir Card Collectors Society does not include them in their catalog.

If it helps, I wrote an article that describes "Things that are not souvenir cards" - http://www.souvenircards.org/articl...otcards.html
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Posted 04/09/2019   3:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a card that comes with a fun story. This is one of the few "forerunner" cards with a philatelic theme -- SCCS catalog # FB1988A, better known as the Honey Bee card.

In 1988, the BEP was still printing stamps. That year production of the honeybee stamp was fraught with problems keeping the color alignment properly registered on the presses. The bee kept "flying off the flower." There were so many production problems that they eventually had to set up a special crisis "tiger team" which got things resolved, after a long, involved process.

As a small reward for team members who worked on "Project Honeybee" the Bureau produced a special souvenir card for them. As a joke, the text on all the cards is slightly skewed, although I'm not sure the misspelling of "sheer" was intentional. Each card was first day cancelled with the stamp.

These are quite sought after among collectors -- they were never released to the public and only about 100 were produced.

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I held my breath, thinking this was surely posted,
but it was not.
Italia '76
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Posted 04/24/2020   2:17 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've always loved the engraved ones. I don't know why it is they seem relegated to the discount/freebie bins. The engraving on some are AMAZING!
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Posted 04/26/2020   8:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you check the production and sales figures for the early USPS cards you'll get a better understanding of why the current market for them is so flat. Initially, enthusiasm for philatelic souvenir cards was quite high. Dealers bought large numbers in anticipation of future sales and the USPS got an over-inflated sense of demand. Nearly 30 cards had print runs of 100,000 or more. PS-51, promoting the 1984 St. Lawrence Seaway stamp, had 180,000 printed. http://www.souvenircards.org/gallery/PS/PS.html

Eventually dealers realized that collectors who wanted cards had already bought them directly and all those stacks in inventory weren't going anywhere. USPS sales dropped off sharply in the 1980s and the program ended in 1992. So, attractive as these cards are, there is simply a massive stockpile on the market and consequently they can be picked up very inexpensively. If the USPS had limited supply, there might have been more demand in the secondary market, but that has never been their strong suit.

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Posted 04/27/2020   3:24 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ah, VERY good point! :-)
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Posted 04/27/2020   5:30 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's one of my spares... if anyone would like it, let me know.



PS: I just noticed the warning at the bottom!
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Here are a couple I came across in the back pages of an album. Both issued for Brapex 1943, Brazil's 2nd Annual National Philatelic Exposition. These are relatively small, only 4.25 x 5.75". The three stamps on the left card (Brazil's first postage stamps) are offset printed on the card. The card on the right has intaglio reprints of the three stamps attached and cancelled

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I just posted a new thread in the Main section, hoping it might get more eyes there: http://goscf.com/t/74762 I'm looking for examples of regional USPS souvenir cards, like the one below. These are cards with special cancellations, commemorating important events -- but issued by the local post office or postal district. Any help is appreciated!

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New addition.
HAFNIA 87

I received this as a "stiffener" in stamp packet.
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