Friday, July 8, 2011

Traditional Costumes : Postage Stamps France

After the beautiful stamp series of last week, I will show you this week some more beauties from France. The stamp above is from 1938 and commemorates the 300th birtday of Dom Perignon, who improved the technique of making champagne wine. The actress and singer Janny Perjeanne (1882-1965) was used as model for this stamp wearing the traditional dress and toquat cap of the Champagne area, with of course a flute of champagne in her hand.

This next stamp is from 1939 and shows a woman in the traditional costume and lace cap of the Languedoc, again with a glass of wine in her hand :) She stands before the cathedral of B├ęziers.

This stamp is from 1945 and celebrates the liberation of Alsace-Lorraine. The Alsace-Lorraine region is an area that switched nationality several times between France and Germany. The last time was during WW II. These two women show their French nationality by the little tricolor cockades on their traditional caps. The woman on the left wear the Alsace costume with the huge black bow cap; the woman on the right wears the Lorraine costume with the girly plied cap. They stand before the French flag, and the cathedrals of Strasbourg and Metz, respectively.

You can find the regions on this map:


Erika Price said...

WOW - You must have an amazing collection of stamps! Erika

Lucie said...

These are beautiful and interesting french stamps Petronella. Thanks for sharing!

Maria Apostolou said...

Stamps with a story attached, my favorite kind :-) Wonderful collections!