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Lot 1274
France, Toulouse-Lautrec print. For the art-lover in your life, an original framed Toulouse-Lautrec etching of a mustachioed gentleman; some aging to the paper, but a lovely print pull (frame needs replaced); plus, as a bonus, Character Sketches from Charles Dickens Portrayed by Kyd, a whimsical imagining of Dickens' characters; gilt-edged prints and text pages loose in book covers, making them perfect for framing individually.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 1275
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France, 1871, Napoleon III Laureate, unissued 10c on 10c bister (Scott 49), unused without gum, fresh and attractive; tiny faint crease at left, Very Fine appearance.
Maury 34; €1,200 ($1,280).
Scott $950.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $204.
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Lot 1276

France, 1870-71, Siege of Paris: Pigeon Post, two actual microfilms of official dispatches carried by Steenacker's pigeons, one 30x55mm and holding 16 pages of documents, the other 30x22mm; also a contemporary photographic print of a third microfilm on collodion paper (39x52mm), the last from the "Lafollye" album and not flown; also included are two unused slightly different forms on which a correspondent could answer four "yes" or "no" questions to be microfilmed to be sent into Paris; one of them is pre-franked with an unused 1862 5c Napoleon (Scott 23), Very Fine, a very scarce group.
Estimate $300 - 400

The pigeon post was used to get news of the outside world
into Paris during the siege. Homing pigeons were carried out of Paris on the same balloons that carried the mail. Messages from unoccupied France were collected, microfilmed (many on a single piece of film) and placed in capsules attached to the pigeons, which were then released to fly back to Paris. Once back in Paris the microfilms were projected onto large screens from which they were individually transcribed onto forms similar to telegraph forms, and forwarded to their intended recipients. The service began on September 27, 1870 and formally ended on January 31, 1871. During the four months of the pigeon post's existence, more than a million messages were carried into Paris by pigeon.

P. F. Steenackers was Director-General of Telegraphs and Posts (including pigeons) at Tours, one of the two cities where the pigeons were based (the other being Poitiers). It was Steenacker who saw the value of the microfilm in this endeavor.

Realized $420.
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Lot 1277

France, 1923, 1fr Bordeaux Philatelic Congress (Scott 197), 150.
Maury 182; €550 ($590).
Scott $440.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $132.
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Lot 1278

France, 1925, Paris Philatelic Exhibition souvenir sheet (Scott 226), o.g., never hinged; small gum stain not showing through, tiny faint bend of lower left corner, otherwise Very Fine.
Maury BF 1; €4,900 ($5,220).
Scott $3,750.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $480.
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Lot 1279
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France, 1927, Strasbourg Philatelic Exhibition souvenir sheet (Scott 241), Exhibition/First Day cancel in margin, Very Fine.
Maury BF 2; €1,300 ($1,390).
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $450.
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Lot 1280
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France, 1937, Paris Philatelic Exhibition souvenir sheet, group of four (Scott 329), one mint (lightly hinged) and three used, two of the used are c.t.o. with full, never hinged o.g. (both with the stamps canceled, the third used sheet is canceled only in the margins, but is without gum, all are Very Fine.
Maury BF 3.
Scott $1,260.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $480.
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Lot 1281

France, 1941, 1fr+1fr on 70c Paquebot "Pasteur", surcharge omitted (Scott B114 var.), toned o.g. not really visible on front, Very Fine, signed A. Brun.
Maury 502b.
Maury €75,000 ($79,950).
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000

A VERY ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THIS GREAT TWENTIETH CENTURY RARITY.
Realized $15,000.
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Lot 1282

France, Airmail, 1936, 50fr "Banknote" (Scott C15).
Maury PA 15; €1,700 ($1,810).
Scott $1,700.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $420.
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Lot 1283

France, Airmail, 1936, 50fr "Banknote" (Scott C15).
Maury PA 15; €1,700 ($1,810).
Scott $1,700.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $480.
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Lot 1284
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French Colonies: French Guiana, 1892, 1fr bronze green on straw, triple "GUYANE" overprint (Scott 17c), a fresh, sound example, with nice even margins, Very Fine and choice, rare, signed Brun.
Yvert 15c.
Scott $1,800.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $450.
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Lot 1285
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French Colonies: French Southern & Antarctic Territories, 1966-69, Pictorials, 5f-20f complete (Scott 25-28), with extra 5fr, o.g., lightly hinged (20 f) or never hinged, bright and fresh, Very Fine.
Yvert 22,24,28-30.
Scott $433.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $120.
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Lot 1286

St. Pierre & Miquelon, 1942, 30c "France Libre/F.N.F.L." (Scott 206D), o.g., never hinged, Fine to Very Fine. Only 276 issued.
Maury 233; €2,800 for NH ($2,980).
Scott $1,600 for hinged.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,800.
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Lot 1287
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St. Pierre & Miquelon, 1952-75, Animals on Stamps, group of proofs (Scott 343//445), includes a large die proof of the 8fr Silver Fox (343) in the issued color and several imperf color proofs in singles, pairs & strips; Scott numbers included are 343, 351, 359, 362-365, 371-372, 389-392, 419-422, 431, 436 & 443-445; 45 items in all, o.g., nearly all never hinged, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $360.
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Lot 1288
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St. Pierre & Miquelon, Postage Due 1941, "Noël" overprint complete (Scott J48-J57), o.g., all but the 5c never hinged, Very Fine.
Maury T. 42-51; €980 for NH ($1,040).
Scott $643 for hinged.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $270.
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Lot 1289
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St. Pierre & Miquelon, Postage Due, 1941, "France Libre" overprint complete (Scott J58-J67), o.g., 3fr never hinged & signed Queyroy, Very Fine.
Maury T. 57-66; €1,115 ($1,190).
Scott $754 for hinged.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $780.
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Lot 1290

Sénégal, 1927, mixed franking cover to the U.S.A., Senegal 10¢ (86) & 2f (120) tied by "St Louis Senegal 24 Nov 1927" cancels, to cover addressed to Roessler Chicago IL, with U.S. C10 tied by New York Dec 3 G.P.O. cancel, with red "Par Avion" straight line, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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