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 120th Anniversary of the first “French Settlements in Oceania” stamps
  Issue : novembre 08 of 2012
  Printing : Taille douce
  Imprimerie : phil@post.fr
  Production : PSP-OPT-2012 - illustration/ graveur: P.ALBUISSON
 
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   - First day covers

Governor of the “French Settlements in Oceania” signed the decree on postage fees paid via postal stamps from the colonies in general, when the central Government required that postage stamps bear the name of each user-country. Therefore, for some ten years, here and there, stamps had to be overprinted.

It was only in 1892 that postal indicia featuring allegorical themes (Industry and Commerce), with the title “French Settlements in Oceania” written in a frame and on two lines, appeared. It was a series of 13 stamps of the so-called “group” type and whose face values ranged from 1 cent to 1 franc. It was complemented, between 1900 and 1907 by similar stamps, with various colours and values.

These stamps were used until stamps featuring local topics were issued in 1913 and then even long after that. There were numerous reprints, generating an infinite variety and some would be overprinted, either to offset a value that was too low, or for the benefit of charities such as the Red Cross in 1914.

The “Autumn Philatelic Fair” gives us the opportunity this year to celebrate the 120th anniversary of that first release.
Ch. Beslu



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