I just got a small lot of early French stamps and found the imperf stamp on the left in the bunch. The stamp has a buff color and the paper is thinner than perforated stamps of this design. Is this stamp Scott #109a? For comparison, the stamp on the right is Scott #109 Mike
Post by Philatarium on Nov 26, 2016 14:55:28 GMT -5
If anyone has a good French catalog handy - Yvert & Tellier, Ceres, or Maury -- I *think* they all list postal stationery in the back.
Unfortunately, for me, those catalogs ended up in the "remotest stacks", which means I have no idea what happened to them. My small comfort is thinking that they might show up someday, since I would never intentionally throw them out.
Also, I do totally agree with your assessment that it's a cut square from postal stationery. And since it's a thin paper, I do agree with you that it's very, very likely to be a wrapper. A postal envelope is also a possibility, but I'm not sure France issued those (that's where that elusive catalog in the remote stacks - the Higgins & Gage - would clarify), and although some envelopes are thin, wrappers usually are quite thin.
Nonetheless, for the original poster's (MikeC99 ) benefit, it is very likely to be of low catalog value, since cut squares rarely carry much value. (Entires, of course, are an entirely different matter. -- Excuse the unintentional pun.)
Post by Philatarium on Nov 26, 2016 15:16:10 GMT -5
Mike, they were really common in some countries for mailing newspapers. Since I have some French ones (not handy, or else I'd post a scan), France is likely one of those countries, especially since Paris really was (and is) the center of France, so it wouldn't be surprising that some people might subscribe to a Parisian newspaper by mail.
OK, I found it. It is a newspaper wrapper. Unfortunately, color ID is bit tricky. Scott only lists gray (even in the 2014 Classic). On my screen, both your stamps appear to be same color and also appear to be slate rather than gray. I am going to assume slate, but feel free to ask for the ID on gray.
Your left newspaper wrapper has an illegible cancel which I will assume has the 3-digit date, which would make it Y&T #107a-BJ2, part of the 1901-1924 issue.
Scott doesn't appear to differentiate types. Your newspaper wrapper is Type IA. Your postage stamp at right is Type II.
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