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1978 CR Panel

1978 "Série 'Croix-Rouge,' Fables de la Fontaine." French First Day Cover commemorative panel celebrating and displaying stamps of TH and TMCM. 8¼" x 11". 2 Decembre 1978. #46-78 Document Philatélique Officiel edité par L'Administration des Postes et Télécommunications pour le Musée Postal. Tiré sur les presses de l'Imprimerie des Timbres-Poste. $29.50 from Alexandre Prozopiorski, Lyon, France, April, '99.

This sturdy page comes from the French post office's "historical collection of the stamp." It offers a short overview of published illustrations of Aesop and an artistic analysis of the elements of each stamp. There is even a lovely imprinted seal of the Imprimerie at the bottom. At the top is a brown-and-white drawing of animals found in La Fontaine's fables. The artist's signature, difficult to read, is something like "Aldreono" or "Aldreorro."

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