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French Covers

each giving the title and an illustration for a fable of either Jean de La Fontaine or Florian. The total set may number fifty. Fifty were announced, but so far I have found only these thirty. There are also two larger 2 3/8" x 2¾" labels, apparently for a package of ten of the packets that would use the sixteen individual labels. AU $10 from Dave Cox, Drysdale, Australia, through Ebay, Sept., '00. Several extras and two new labels from Dany Wolfs, Roesalare, Belgium, August, '00. Four extras and twelve new labels for $14.19 from Jim Swiftway through eBay, April, '04.

These are lovely designs, much different in their simplicity from the simple Russian matchbox covers. As one can see from actual French matchboxes, a picture design was used on only one of the two large sides, by contrast with the double images for Russian matchboxes. Do not miss the excellent use of color in SS and of form in "La Jeune Poule et le Renard" and FG. There are excellent facial expressions on the animals in "Le Rat et l'Huitre," LM, WL, and "Le Singe qui Montre la Lanterne Magique." It is a special pleasure to find such loveliness in simple things!

You can also view the French matchboxes that use these covers.

L'Ane Chargé d'Éponges

L'Ane Vetu de la Peu de Lion

La Belette Entrée dans un Grenier

Les Deux Pigeons

Les Deux Rats, le Renard et l'Oeuf

Le Lion et le Moucheron

Les Grenouilles Qui Demandent un Roi

La Jeune Poule et le Renard

Le Rat et l'Huitre

Le Sanglier et les Rossignols

La Tortue et les Deux Canards

L'Ane et le Petit Chien

La Carpe et les Carpillons

Le Chat, la Belette et le Petit Lapin

La Cigale et la Fourmi

Le Cochet, le Chat et le Souriceau

Le Corbeau et le Renard

Le Héron

Le Lièvre et la Tortue

Le Lion et le Rat

Le Loup et l'Agneau

Le Loup et le Chien

Le Loup et la Cicogne

La Poule aux Oeufs d'Or

Le Rat de Ville et le Rat des Champs

Le Renard et le Bouc

Le Renard et la Cigogne

Le Renard et les Raisins

Le Singe qui Montre la Lanterne Magique

La Taupe et les Lapins