Sunday 19 June 2011

Marianne and La Poste

Bougez avec La Poste - get moving with the Post Office.    I think it must have been a slogan in the 1970s or so, and a great postcard to go with it.  It made me think of all the variations of the Marianne stamp, France's definitive stamp, so today for Sunday Stamps, I give you a type of series, some examples of the changing face of Marianne. Although I'm not sure that the first one is a Marianne, it is at least woman and red.  She fits in fine as far as I'm concerned.

1907                               1964                                    1976                   1980

1987                    1991                  1998                 2009                   2011

All of these have come to me on postcards.  The dates are the year the postcard was posted and not necessarily the year of publication.  They do come in all sorts of colours but I kept to red for the simple reason that I had more of them.

Marianne is considered to be an emblem of France, although like the rooster, le Coq Gaulois, she is an unofficial emblem.  The only official emblem of the state in France is the flag.  She dates back to 1775 and has evolved considerably over the years.  She doesn't show her age at all.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, now hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"


  1. Great collection, it's easy sometimes to overlook the definitives and their variations over the years when looking out for commemoratives. That postcard raises a few questions! :)

  2. I understand that each new President chooses a new Marianne to be on the French stamps so we should be able to date the stamps to a President.

  3. Great choice, I like it a lot.

  4. Thank you for participating! I like the current version of this stamp.

  5. I didn't know that's what those stamps were called. It' interesting to see them all together. I have seen a lot of the first one on old postcards.

  6. I love this se-tenant series I've seen in few post,and it is also a new term I just learned. :)

    My Sunday Stamp

  7. Love the poster and the Marianne stamps. Of all the stamps shown above, my favourite is the Marianne stamp issued in 2009.

  8. Its interesting to see how the design has changed through the years, I think it is one of the prettiest definitives. Fun card, I wonder if the American word to boogie (dance) comes from the French bougez.

  9. I'd never heard of Marianne but she's a beauty and the postcard reflects a great sense of humor. Sometimes postage stamps are so stodgy.


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