Sometimes you don't need a reason to add stamp to your album. This was the case when I saw yesterday this stamp in our weekly club meeting:
The stamp shows a couple of Barn Swallow flying over Paris designed and engraved by Pierre Gandon and issued by France in 1949. It doesn't belong to any of my thematic collection, but when I saw its great engraving and beauty, I didn't hesitate and purchased it although not cheap.
The stamp was issued to publicize the telegraph and telephone congress held in Paris. Other stamps in the set show inventors in the fields of telegraph and telephone:
- Claude Chappe (1763-1805), a French inventor who in 1792 demonstrated a practical semaphore system. Designed and engraved by Achille Ouvré.
- François Arago (1786-1853), a French mathematician, physicist and astronomer and André-Marie Ampère (1775 – 1836), a French physicist and mathematician who was one of the founders of the science of classical electromagnetism. Designed by André Spitz, engraved by René Cottet.
- Emile Baudot (1845-1903), a French telegraph engineer and inventor of the first means of digital communication. Designed and engraved by Gabriel-Antoine Barlangue.
- Gustave-Auguste Ferrié (1868 – 1932), a French radio pioneer and army general. Designed and engraved by Pierre Munier.