La Semeuse, the Sower, first appeared on French stamps in April 1903. The graceful figure (of model Charlotte Ragot) wearing the Phrygian cap of liberty, sowing ideas at sunrise, came to symbolise Republican France throughout much of the 20th century. The stamp was designed by Louis Oscar Roty and engraved by Louis-Eugène Mouchon. Without going deeper into this series, I’ll just show an interesting item I found recently.
50c. Red (Yv.#199, Michel#161) was first issued in September 1926, and printings continued until 1932. It was the most used value of the new sower series, franking ordinary internal letters of 0-20gms. It appeared on sale as sheets, in many booklets (with or without adverts), and on postal stationery. The item I have is a single used stamp with advert from an booklet.
France - used La semeuse stamp with advert pane from an booklet.
What I understand about the advert text (“À la toile d’avion”), is that it has something do with aerial landscape art (painting from the aircraft/above).
I have seen some complete mint / never hinged advert booklets on sale in price range of 50-100 euros, but I have no clue what single used stamps with advert pane might be worth. I suppose few euros at max… If you happen to know any stamp catalog / real market value for this item, please leave a comment.
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