tdf stampsI’m a bit behind the times with this but I hadn’t seen or heard of them until today, and I regularly go into the post office in Boussac. Today, proudly on display, was this set of Tour de France stamps in a smart Perspex stand. The only set, because when I asked to buy one, he promptly stuck his hand – and nearly got it stuck – into the display unit and painfully prised the stamps out for me.

It was worth his suffering as they’re rather cool, aren’t they?

They were issued on 1st July to commemorate the 100th Tour de France, and that would have been a First Day Cover worth having. The only FDC I possess is the one issued to mark the appearance of Halley’s Comet in 1986. I was involved in editing a kid’s activity book about the comet and so got very interested in it. It’s framed somewhere – I’ll have to hunt for it.

According to this very interesting bilingual website, 1.2 million sets of these Tour de France stamps were printed. They were designed by Olivier Ciappa and David Kenawa and show the various significant jerseys (yellow, green, polka dot, white). They also have significant French settings, namely Mont St Michel, the Citadel of Calvi, the Arc de Triomphe, Annecy, Alpe d’Huez, the Pic du Midi d’Ossau, Versailles and Mont Ventoux. They’re real works of art.  

Luxembourg,

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the Isle of Man

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and Niger also issued souvenir sets to mark the 100th edition of the Tour. Oh dear, now I think I’ve made myself want to start collecting stamps. Blogging can be an expensive hobby!

niger tdf stamps