The France & Colonies Philatelic Society (FCPS) will be offering a variety of learning opportunities to all interested collectors on Friday, January 31, 2020 at Southeastern Stamp Expo in Norcross, Georgia (Hilton Hotel Atlanta Northeast).
Schedule for Friday, January 31, 2020
11:00 AM     Session TitleMadagascar: 150 Years of Political and Philatelic Turmoil
                    Presenter: Robert Mustacich

                    Session Description: Madagascar experienced decades during the 19th century when private mail effectively ceased. The 1860s reopening of the island was followed by periodic mail service interruptions resulting in short-lived local posts, frequent postage shortages, and related philatelic anomalies. Many of these problems persisted into the 20th century.
12 noon       TitleUnited States 1928-1960 Mail for St. Pierre and Miquelon via The Gull Fast Train through Maritime Canada
                    Presenter: Jim Taylor
                    Session Description: During this period all United States mail addressed to SPM was directed to the Boston P.O. Foreign Section. There the mail was dispatched aboard the Boston & Maine Railroad express train The Gull. We can trace the mailbags as they traveled the routes of several railroads through Maritime Canada and then connected with the steamship Belle Isle. Registered mailbags required strict security and proof of receipt to the Boston Foreign Section by the SPM Colonial Post Office. Postal history, indeed!
1:15 PM       FCPS Membership Meeting


1:30 PM      Session TitleDahomey Palm Climber Design: Workhorse Definitive 1913 - 1944
                    Presenter: Jere Dutt

                    Session Description: The presentation will cover the design, production and some uses of the Dahomey palm climber stamps. It Includes a brief discussion of the purpose and uses of similar pictorial issues of other French West Africa colonies. Expect to see and hear a good story that starts in 1913 and carries through 1948.
2:15 PM      Session Title: Notre Dame de Paris - Past, Present and Future
                    Presenter: Tom Broadhead
                    Session Description: Notre Dame de Paris, one of the world’s most iconic religious structures, suffered a catastrophic fire on April 15, 2019. The presentation highlights the history of the cathedral, depictions on postage stamps, and a reflection on the fire’s effects and prospects for the cathedral’s reconstruction.
3:00 PM      Session Title19th Century Postal History of the French Indian Settlements 
                    Presenter: Tom Marra
                    Session Description:  After a 2016 visit to India, the presenter, who specializes in the general issues of the French colonies, decided to prepare a presentation of 19th century French India postal history. It includes items from his own collection as well as rare covers from the secondary settlements of Chandernagore, Karikal, Mahé and Yanaon scanned from his extensive collection of philatelic literature.
4:00 PM       Session Title1900 French Congo Pictorial Issue - Some Old and Some New Varieties
                     Presenter: Ken Nilsestuen

                     Session Description:  Still ripe for study, these most colorful stamps provide the basis for an interesting tour through design and printing processes, how varieties may have occurred, and some previously undiscovered findings. We’ll dip our toes into postal history, too. 
4:45 PM       Session Title: Marianne of the Barricades - France 1945 – 1954
                     Presenter: Jim Taylor
                     Session Description: General DeGaulle personally chose Gandon's classical Marianne, the female allegorical symbol of the French Republic, to launch the first post-liberation series of French postage stamps. Guns were still echoing in the streets of Paris in August 1944 when Pierre Gandon perfected "Marianne of the Barricades." The inspirational "Marianne" decorated millions of mailing pieces and stamp album pages as France rebuilt following the War.
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