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Rhinelander
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08 Nov 2013
07:59:47pm
My ongoing quest for a certain used 1937 Czechoslovakian souvenir sheet prompted me to think of the much more elusive used 1937 French Colonies souvenir sheets.

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These souvenir sheets were printed by the French "Imprimerie Nationale" in sheets of sixteen, which undoubtedly, if issued by the USPS, would have prompted the sale of uncut press sheets and the like gimmicks. The souvenir sheets were released November 29, 1937 to commemorate the participation of its colonies at the 1937 Paris World Exhibition. They were only sold in Paris at the philatelic sales counter for colonial issues in full sets of 24 souvenir sheets for all colonies and territories. Total quantity: 30,000 sets. Price per set was a stiff Francs 76.50. Sales must have been sluggish as from 1941 the sheets were also (and still) available in Vichy.

The souvenir sheets were never issued in the colonies, but were nevertheless valid postage. Accordingly, the only way to obtain a genuine cancelled sheet was for someone to privately send a sheet obtained in Paris to the respective colony. Not a common scenario, and yet less likely upon the beginning of WWII when in all colonies declaring for Free France only France Libre issues were valid for postage. So for those liking a challenge -- go assemble a used set, or better yet, on cover.

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08 Nov 2013
08:39:37pm

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They are beautiful...i have one...now i have to search my albums and see which French colony its from !!Image Not Found

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09 Nov 2013
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re: French Colonies 1937 Exposition Internationale souvenir sheets

Nice card, Phil, but wrong exhibition. The earlier 1931 international colonial exhibition in Paris was commemorated in the colonies with this common design set:

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09 Nov 2013
09:37:32am

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09 Nov 2013
01:54:41pm
re: French Colonies 1937 Exposition Internationale souvenir sheets

The top s/S is just stunning Now I'm on the hunt I want one!!! Thank you for sharing.
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09 Nov 2013
06:53:59pm

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i wish i could find mine...been through the albums 3 times...i can not rest until i find it..problem is i can not remember which colony its from...

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tonyfinch

24 Oct 2014
11:19:20pm
re: French Colonies 1937 Exposition Internationale souvenir sheets

Try entering "exposition internationale de Paris blocs colonies francaise" on Google and you can often find all 24 miniature sheets for sale. Alternatively on delcampe.net you can usually find individual miniature sheets on offer. Just enter the name of the colony and add 'bloc' or 'bf'. * means mounted mint, ** means unmounted mint (MNH) and o means used. Good luck!!

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08 Nov 2013
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My ongoing quest for a certain used 1937 Czechoslovakian souvenir sheet prompted me to think of the much more elusive used 1937 French Colonies souvenir sheets.

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These souvenir sheets were printed by the French "Imprimerie Nationale" in sheets of sixteen, which undoubtedly, if issued by the USPS, would have prompted the sale of uncut press sheets and the like gimmicks. The souvenir sheets were released November 29, 1937 to commemorate the participation of its colonies at the 1937 Paris World Exhibition. They were only sold in Paris at the philatelic sales counter for colonial issues in full sets of 24 souvenir sheets for all colonies and territories. Total quantity: 30,000 sets. Price per set was a stiff Francs 76.50. Sales must have been sluggish as from 1941 the sheets were also (and still) available in Vichy.

The souvenir sheets were never issued in the colonies, but were nevertheless valid postage. Accordingly, the only way to obtain a genuine cancelled sheet was for someone to privately send a sheet obtained in Paris to the respective colony. Not a common scenario, and yet less likely upon the beginning of WWII when in all colonies declaring for Free France only France Libre issues were valid for postage. So for those liking a challenge -- go assemble a used set, or better yet, on cover.

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08 Nov 2013
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09 Nov 2013
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re: French Colonies 1937 Exposition Internationale souvenir sheets

Nice card, Phil, but wrong exhibition. The earlier 1931 international colonial exhibition in Paris was commemorated in the colonies with this common design set:

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09 Nov 2013
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09 Nov 2013
01:54:41pm

re: French Colonies 1937 Exposition Internationale souvenir sheets

The top s/S is just stunning Now I'm on the hunt I want one!!! Thank you for sharing.
Ross

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09 Nov 2013
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i wish i could find mine...been through the albums 3 times...i can not rest until i find it..problem is i can not remember which colony its from...

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tonyfinch

24 Oct 2014
11:19:20pm

re: French Colonies 1937 Exposition Internationale souvenir sheets

Try entering "exposition internationale de Paris blocs colonies francaise" on Google and you can often find all 24 miniature sheets for sale. Alternatively on delcampe.net you can usually find individual miniature sheets on offer. Just enter the name of the colony and add 'bloc' or 'bf'. * means mounted mint, ** means unmounted mint (MNH) and o means used. Good luck!!

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