Three new types of definitive French stamps were issued between 1900 and 1929. The types are known to French philatelists by their designers' names, instead of the design names, and they will each be presented below.
These new definitive French stamps were issued between 1900 and 1929. The design depicts an allegorical representation of "Liberty-Equality-Fraternity", the very well known motto of the French Republic. The designer was Paul Joseph Blanc, and this series is known to French philatelists as Type Blanc.
Redrawn versions of the Type Mouchonstamps were issued in 1902. The most obvious difference between these stamps and the original engravings of 1900 is that the denomination tablet at the upper right is in the shape of a shield, instead of a rectangular box with the word "POSTES" at the top of the stamp.
10 C. (1902 - Y&T #124, Sc. #133) - Rose Red.
15 C. (1902 - Y&T #125, Sc. #134) - Pale Red.
20 C. (1902 - Y&T #126, Sc. #135) - Brown Violet.
25 C. (1902 - Y&T #127, Sc. #136) - Blue.
30 C. (1902 - Y&T #128, Sc. #137) - Lilac.
The twelve magnificent looking major-type higher-denomination French stamps shown above were issued between 1900 and 1927. They are "officially" called the Liberty and Peace Issues. The common design features an allegorical representation of "France", in a reclining or resting posture.
The designer of this stamp was Nicolas Luc-Olivier Merson, the French academic painter and illustrator noted for his postage stamp and currency designs. This series is known by French philatelists as Type Merson.
40 C. (1900 - Y&T #119, Sc. #121) - Red & Pale Blue.
50 C. (1900 - Y&T #120, Sc. #123) - Bister Brown & Lavender.
ALL of the Type Blanc, Mouchon, and Merson postage stamp issues exist in many different formats and varieties. For details on specialization, please refer to the Yvert-Tellier catalog. Here is a link to the France catalog on Yvert-Tellier's website.
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