Thursday, October 8, 2009

French and Swiss Post Offices release Joint Issue

The French and Swiss Post offices issued a stamp booklet honoring The Sculptor Charles Rene de Saint-Marceaux on October 9, 2009. The sculptor was born in Rheims, France on September 23, 1845 and died in Paris on April 23 1915. His grandfather was the Mayor of Rheims. He enrolled in the Ecole de Beaux-Arts school in Paris while still a teenager. Some of the other famous graduates of this world renown school were Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet and Hubert deGivenchy. Charles became a quite accomplised sculptor and was know for his fine sculptural portaits of famous people. He maried Lucie Marguerite Jourdain in 1892. The French stamp was designed by Silvia Brullhardt. It is a offset multicolored stamp measuring 35 by 23 mm. The face value is .70 Euros and was printed in a quantity of 2,7000,000. Their are 48 stamp to a sheet. A Stamp booklet was also released that contains 4 of the Swiss stamps and 4 of the French Stamps. The stamp show the sculptor on the left side and one of his most well know works "Around the world" which was later chosen by the Universal Post Union as its offical logo. The sulpture shows five messengers delivering mail around the globe. The bronze and granite statue wa erected in 1909 and is located in Berne, Switzerland.

Interesting article about the statue pictured in the stamp.