FRANCE. L'ADRESSE MUSÉE DE LA POSTE

As well as the Eiffel Tower, the renovated Paris Musée de la Poste also has its own ATM issue. Another good idea from La Poste, in a move that could be followed at other unique locations
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Introduction. The La Poste museum in Paris

The Musée postal de France (The Postal Museum of France) was opened on June 4th 1946 at the Hôtel de Choiseul-Praslin, Paris. The first curator of the museum, until 1955, was the postal historian Eugène Vaillé. A stamp, an ATM issue, and some commemorative postmarks were dedicated, in September 2009, to Eugène Vaillé, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death (see article Phila Ouest 2009 - Poitiers >>>, also published in VARIABLE 14). The association Société des amis du musée de la Poste (SAMP) was also created in 1946, to help in managing the museum.

The space in the first museum was very limited, so a new building was built between 1969 and 1972, in the Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris, close to the Tour Montparnasse.

The new Musée de la Poste, with the prominent front wall (see also the picture below), is a work of the architect André Chatelin, and was inaugurated on December 18th 1973.

The museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of postal heritage. It has 15 exhibition rooms on 5 floors, 11 devoted to permanent collections and 4 for temporary exhibitions, plus a documentation centre, a library, and an auditorium. A shop specializing in postally related products and a point of sale for philatelic products (l'Espace Timbres) are located in the entrance hall. During the year, the La Poste museum organizes cultural and educational activities, workshops, displays and lectures.

The new issue L'ADRESSE MUSÉE DE LA POSTE

After some months remodelling different permanent exhibition spaces, and the commercial and access zones in the hall, the so-called 'opération Image' finished on October 20th 2009, with the introduction of the new name and graphic image of the museum. The new name, L'Adresse Musée de La Poste, claims to be the symbol of the museum’s evolution, making it more open to art and culture.
A postal kiosk IER - LISA 2 Évolution was installed in the Espace Timbres, in the entrance hall, and became operational on August 11th 2009. During the first few weeks, the machine issued ATMs or vignettes d'affranchissement using rolls of the definitive design - Paper planes, but from October 20th 2009 it was fitted with rolls of new labels with a special design, related to the museum.


The design of the special issue is by Valérie Besser, and depicts the malle-poste berline or horse-drawn postal carriage. This is also the subject of the different illustrated permanent postmarks used in recent years at the museum’s philatelic point.

The malle-poste berline or horse-drawn postal carriage depicted in the ATM, the new illustrated postmark (left picture), and the maximum card (right picture), was used in France from 1873 for mail transport. This carriage has the capability to include an additional box in the back, where a postal employee sorted the collected mail during the trip.

The rolls of labels were manufactured by Phil@poste using offset printing on self-adhesive thermal paper. The label size is 80 x 30 mm., and incorporates a phosphorescent vertical strip at each edge of the design. The first printing was 20,000 labels - 20 rolls of 1,000 labels.

The thermal printing IER - LISA 2 postal kiosk, installed in the museum hall, is programmed with the new extended postage rate programme (more information in the article devoted to the ATM issue Tour Eiffel >), so on the first day of issue (see receipt, right picture), it was possible to obtain ATMs with up to 12 different texts or imprints, as well as face value stamps (with no text) (0,51 EUR ECOPLI - 0,56 EUR LETTRE PRIORITAIRE - 1,50 EUR MINI MAX - R L1 4,36 EUR AR - R L2 4,96 EUR AR - R L3 5,86 EUR AR - 0,70 EUR INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENT PRIORITAIRE - 3,50 EUR INTERNATIONAL MARCHANDISE PRIORITAIRE - 6,00 EUR INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENT PRIORITAIRE R1 AR - 7,00 EUR INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENT PRIORITAIRE R2 AR - 8,80 EUR INTERNATIONAL MARCHANDISE PRIORITAIRE R1 AR - 9,80 EUR INTERNATIONAL MARCHANDISE PRIORITAIRE R2 AR).
Since the philatelic point of sale in the museum only accepts basic mail, letters and postcards, any packages and registered mail must be delivered to the nearby La Poste post office - Paris Bienvenue.

Inland economic mail - ECOPLI Inland priority mail - LETTRE PRIORITAIRE
International priority mail
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENT PRIORITAIRE
Inland priority mail - Small parcels
MINI MAX

 
The new autumn-winter temporary exhibition entitled d'Hermès au sms… ou la saga du message was opened in October 19th 2009. The exhibition is dedicated to explaining the history of 20 centuries of messages and messengers.
Besides the permanent postmark, the museum also prepares a commemorative postmark, with an adjustable date, for the different temporary exhibitions.


2010. BREGUET XIV

Following the philatelic interest generated by the first special ATM issue for the museum, L'Adresse Musée de La Poste decided to continue with further annual releases. The chosen subject in 2010 was the airmail.
The new thermal imprint issue was available from October 21st 2010, (one year after the first issue), from the IER LISA 2 postal kiosk installed in the museum entrance hall.

The new design is by Monika Nowacka, from the museum's heritage department, and depicts the side view of a Breguet XIV A2 plane, number 189, registration F-AEIZ.
The same plane also appears in the airmail stamp published in 1997 by the French post office (see picture below).

The Breguet XIV made its first flight in 1916. It was used during the First World War as a military aircraft. Since 1919, the Lignes Aériennes Latécoère - later Compagnie Générale Aéropostale-, acquired some of these aircraft for the new airmail route between France and Africa.
Over 8,000 aircraft of this type were manufactured between 1917 and 1926, of which over 200 were in use, shipping airmail, between 1919 and 1934.

As in the 2009 issue, the rolls of labels were manufactured by Phil@poste and used offset printing on self-adhesive thermal paper. The label size is 80 x 30 mm., and incorporates a phosphorescent vertical strip at each edge of the design. In view of the number of rolls actually used during the previous year, the total printing was reduced to 15,000 labels - 15 rolls of 1,000 labels.

According to current postage rates and the IER LISA 2 postal kiosk tariff program, on the date of issue, the basic postage rates for the first weight step, excluding registered shipment options, are:
- Domestic mail: 0.53 EUR LETTRE ECO (economic mail up to 20 g.); 0.58 EUR LETTRE PRIORITAIRE (high-priority mail up to 20 g.); 1.50 EUR MINI MAX (high-priority shipping option for small packets, up to 2 cm. thick and weighing up to 1 kg).
- For international mail (postage rates for shipments to the European Union and Switzerland): 0.75 EUR LETTRE PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE (high-priority mail up to 20 g., documents) - 2.00 EUR PETIT PAQUET PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE (high priority mail up to 100 g., merchandises).

In 2009, to avoid printing large quantities of 0.01 EUR labels, the machine official programmed a minimum face value equal to the current postage rate for inland economic mail (0.51 EUR at that time). Despite the change in postage rates, in July 2010, this minimum value was kept and became the minimum face value available on the date of issue of the new design.

Minimum face value programmed Inland economic mail - LETTRE ECO
Inland priority mail - LETTRE PRIORITAIRE International priority mail
LETTRE PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE
Inland priority mail - Small parcels
MINI MAX (version 1)
Inland priority mail - Small parcels
MINI MAX (version 2 - change in programmation)
International priority mail - Merchandises up to 100 g.
PETIT PAQUET PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONAL

L'Adresse Musée de La Poste made available to collectors a special dated postmark illustrated with a l'Aéropostale pilot profile, so appropriate to the new issue theme. The design is also by Monika Nowacka.


Maximum cards created for the Breguet XIV ATM issue


2011. Rural postman on bicycle, 1894 (Facteur rural à bicyclette 1894)

On October 20th 2011, coinciding with the 2nd anniversary of its renovation, L'Adresse Musée de La Poste put the third special ATM issue, for the museum, on sale.
As usual, the issue is available for one year, until October 2012, but only from the IER LISA 2 Évolution postal kiosk installed in the entrance hall.

For the new release, the museum has chosen the image of a 1894 rural postman on a bicycle, from the institution's archives. This is the contribution by L'Adresse Musée de La Poste to the 150th anniversary of the velocipede, which incorporated the pedals, and was created and produced by Pierre Michaux and his son Ernest in 1861. It can be considered the origin of modern bicycles. Through a circular, dated 1893, the French postal administration encouraged rural postmen to use this means of transport on their collection and delivery routes.

The ATM composition and design is by Bruno Ghiringhelli. It reproduces the image of a rural postman, with blue jacket, on a bicycle, which also appears on the 'Journée du Timbre' stamp released of 1972 (Yvert 1710 - images below), by the French engraver and designer Jean Pheulpin (1907-1991), with some modifications ...

The most striking change is, without doubt, the removal of the pipe that the postman in the original 1972 design is smoking, both in the stamp and the postmark, as can be seen in the different images. This is as a direct consequence of the 'Loi Évin', a law enacted in 1991 by the former Minister for Health Claude Évin, which prohibits any direct or indirect favourable advertising of tobacco consumption and alcoholism. The pipe does not appear in the special date postmark design for the ATM (images below).
A similar history can be found on the stamp issued in 1996, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of André Malraux. In this case, La Poste used and modified the well-known portrait taken by Gisèle Freund in 1935, removing the cigarette from the mouth of the French novelist and politician.

The rolls of self-adhesive labels were manufactured by Phil@poste on thermal paper using offset printing. The label size is 80 x 30 mm., and incorporates a phosphorescent vertical strip at each edge of the design. The total production for this design was 20,000 labels - 20 rolls of 1,000 labels.

The images show the ATMs with the face values ​​of the first weight step for the most common text and shipment types, both for domestic and international mail, with the current postage rates on the date of issue. On that date, the minimum programmed value in the IER LISA 2 postal kiosk installed in the museum was 0.55 EUR, the current national rate of economic mail.
Inland economic mail - ECOPLI
Inland mail - LETTRE VERTE Inland priority mail - LETTRE PRIORITAIRE
International priority mail
LETTRE PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE
Inland priority mail - Small parcels
MINI MAX
International priority mail - Small parcel
PETIT PAQUET PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONAL
Registered domestic mail, first security level
R L1
 
Maximum cards created with the Facteur rural à bicyclette 1894 ATM issue


2012. Mildé electric van, 1904 (Fourgon électrique Mildé 1904)

Since the installation of the IER LISA 2 Évolution postal kiosk in the museum entrance hall, in 2009 (see article >, also published in VARIABLE 15), L'Adresse Musée de La Poste has issued annual vignettes d'affranchissement, that can only be obtained from the machine installed in the museum. Each year, besides these permanent issues, they also release special ATMs on the occasion of major exhibitions, and which are only available at the museum postal kiosk, usually for a few days or weeks. This is a very good promotion for this magnificent postal museum, with a continuous flow of visiting collectors, buying stamps, browsing in the museum shop and visiting the exhibitions. It is also an interesting source of funding.

In 2012, the fourth issue of the permanent series, dedicated to the historical means of mail transport and delivery, pays homage to the first electric vehicles used by La Poste. As usual, this issue is available for one year, starting from October 16th 2012.

The ATM design is by Philippe Rodier. The composition includes a period photograph showing a postal clerk at the wheel of one of the Mildé electric vans used by La Poste in 1904.

During the early years of the 20th century, all local mail movement, in Paris, was made by a small fleet of 15 electric vans manufactured by the Société des automobiles Mildé. These vans linked, daily, the different railway stations, the main post office - the Hôtel des postes du Louvre, and the rest of the Paris postal branches. These vehicles had a range of 50 km, and could carry up to 650 kilos of mail.
These vans were used until 1907, when they were replaced by new gasoline-powered vehicles.

The rolls of self-adhesive labels were manufactured by Phil@poste on thermal paper using offset printing. The label size is 80 x 30 mm., and incorporates a vertical phosphorescent strip at each edge of the design. The total production, for this design, was 20,000 - 20 rolls of 1,000 labels.

The ATMs below show the face values ​​of the first weight step for the most common text and shipment types, both for domestic and international mail, with the current postage rates programme in the postal kiosk, on the date of issue.
TEST imprint label
Inland economic mail - minimum programmed value Inland economic mail - ECOPLI
Inland mail - LETTRE VERTE Inland priority mail - LETTRE PRIORITAIRE
International priority mail
LETTRE PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE
Inland priority mail - Small parcels
MINI MAX
International priority mail - Small parcel
PETIT PAQUET PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONAL
Registered domestic mail, first security level
R L1

The museum has a special postmark, with a variable date, illustrated with the same motif as the ATM.

A new postal tariff program (see article >) was installed in the museum postal kiosk on November 20th (or 21st) 2012. From that date, it was possible to also obtain the Fourgon électrique Mildé ATMs with the new postage indicators.

The museum still had in stock a few rolls of the 3 designs used previously, (Facteur rural à bicyclette, 30 Congrès du Groupement des Associations Philatéliques de Paris - Île-de-France, and Gleizes-Metzinger), so besides the design in use, it was also possible to obtain ATMs with these designs and the new postage indicators.



2013. L'ADRESSE Musée de La Poste, 40 ans au 34 boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris

December 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the opening of the 'Musée de La Poste', in Paris.
While the creation of the museum dates back to 1946, when it was housed in the ancient
Hôtel de Choiseul-Praslin, in 1973 the then 'Maison de La Poste et de la Philatélie' was moved to the boulevard de Vaugirard, in a new building specially designed as a postal museum by architect André Chatelin. Between 1955 and 1975, Chatelin was the chief architect of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, and also designed various post offices across the country. The museum building is particularly striking for the decorative elements of the facade, recalling postage stamps, a work by Robert Juvin (right and images below). The museum was opened on December 18th 1973, and a stamp featuring the building facade was then issued to commemorate the event (more information, see article >, also published in VARIABLE 15).
40 years later, with the museum partially closed for renovation, L'ADRESSE Musée de La Poste decided to release a vignette LISA recalling its 40 year's history.

Indeed, to bring the museum up to current standards on accessibility of public buildings, the museum has undertaken the renovation of its interior spaces.

In October 2013, the museum closed the exhibition halls, and only the ground floor was left accessible, with the store, the 'espace timbres' area, and a temporary exhibition hall, remaining open until late December. Finally, the museum shop was closed on January 15th 2014. During the renovation work, the shop has been temporarily moved to a nearby property, and the exhibits and activities continue outside the museum premises.
The new issue was available from the IER LISA 2 Évolution postal kiosk installed in the museum hall, still accessible on these dates, from Tuesday December 10th 2013. Initially, a printing of 10,000 labels only was announced. This information caused an increase in demand, the number of visitors, and some added tension and stress, during the first day of issue - In October 2011, the special ATM issue dedicated to the exhibition of German artist Nils-Udo, also with a total printing of 10,000 labels, was sold out in just 3 days (see article >, and VARIABLE 21). They even placed a timer on the machine, to restrict its use by each visitor.
As expected, the 10 rolls of 1,000 labels were sold out in a few days, on the morning of December 13th.
Fortunately, a few days later, Phil@poste announced a reprinting of 10,000 more labels with the same design, which were available from the afternoon of December 23rd, so it is also available with the new postage rates, in force since January 1st 2014.

The ATM design is by Philippe Rodier. The composition features the first logo used by the Musée de La Poste, the '40 ans ... ' text, and a photograph of the museum exterior, as well as the current L'ADRESSE & La Poste logos.


Unlike other L'ADRESSE issues, no special postmark was prepared, but collectors could obtain the general museum postmark, in use since 2009.

According to the current postage rates programme installed in the IER LISA 2, it was possible to obtain ATMs of this design with up to 40 different indicators, the 20 shipment types plus the corresponding 20 franking complements, as well as ATMs with no text, just the face value.

The ATMs below show the face values ​​of the first weight step for the most common text and shipment types, both for domestic and international mail, with the current postage rates programme in the postal kiosk, on the date of issue. This design could be also obtained with the new postage rates, in force since January 1st 2014.
TEST imprint label
Minimum face value on the date of issue Inland economic mail - EC    ECOPLI
Inland priority mail (J+2) - LV    LETTRE VERTE Inland priority mail (J+1) - LP    LETTRE PRIORITAIRE
International priority mail
IP    LETTRE PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE
Inland priority mail - Small parcel
MM    MINI MAX

The minimum face value programmed into the postal kiosk, on the date of issue, was 0.56 EUR, so it was not possible to obtain franking complement ATMs below this value. In the images, ATMs to be used as a franking complements for ECOPLI and registered letter -R3- with acknowledgement of receipt.




2015. The antique postboxes, 'Mougeotte' (1900) & 'Simyanette' (1908)

Since October 2009, the Paris museum L'Adresse Musée de La Poste has released, annually, one ATM that could be named as 'definitive' and could be obtained throughout the year from its IER LISA 2 Évolution postal kiosk (image below), and another special issue for one of its temporary exhibitions. Exceptionally, in 2014, they did not release any definitive issue, but produced two special issues for exhibitions
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The sixth definitive issue of L'Adresse Musée de La Poste was scheduled for March 19th 2015, coinciding with the opening of the Paris Salon Philatélique de Printemps (article in preparation). It is curious to note the coincidence of events with its British counterpart, The British Postal Museum & Archive, which often schedules its special 'Post & Go' releases to coincide with the London Spring Stampex. And it is not the only coincidence, since in 2015, The B.P.M.A. commemorated the bicentenary of Anthony Trollope's birth, with a special imprint which includes the image of one of the first cast iron pillar boxes installed in the UK (see article, also published in VARIABLE 36), whilst L'Adresse Musée de La Poste illustrated its new vignette with the picture of two early French mailboxes
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The issue is a very simple composition by Philippe Rodier, the L'ADRESSE Musée de La Poste graphic designer. It features two mailboxes on each end of the label leaving the central area free, for the face value imprint. The total printing for this design was 15,000 labels.

In 1899, Léon Mougeot, undersecretary of State for Postes et Télégraphes, established by decree the installation of new cast iron public mailboxes, to replace old wood and metal mailboxes which were in very bad condition. These mailboxes, called 'Mougeottes', were built with small openings where the user could see the number, the day, and the latest collection time (maximum card below, left).
Some years later, in 1906, the position of undersecretary was occupied by Julien Simyan, who proposed a new mailbox, with the image of the Coq Gaulois, emblem of the Republic, on the front. This mailbox was installed, from 1908, only in the entrance way to some Paris Metro stations and, by analogy to the previous model, was called 'Simyanette' (right maximum card).

Because of a delay in the supply of rolls of labels, the new issue was not available until the afternoon of March 19th.
L'Adresse had also prepared a special postmark, illustrated with a picture of one of the two mailboxes featured in the issue (below, right). But it also arrived late, on the afternoon of Monday 23rd of March. However L'Adresse allowed the use of this postmark on the following days, with the date of the first day of issue.


After the last change of postal tariffs and shipping options came into effect from January 1st 2015 (see article and VARIABLE 36), it was possible to obtain ATMs of this design, on the date of issue, with up to 28 different texts or indicators (14 shipment types + 14 franking complements), as well as stamps with just the face value. The IER LISA 2 postal kiosk, installed in the museum, is not connected to the La Poste network, and so it does not allow the issue of the new 'Lettre suivie' stamps for domestic and international mail. The minimum face value programmed into the kiosk, on the date of issue, was 0.66 EUR, corresponding to the current rate of domestic economic mail ('Ecopli').

TEST imprint label Minimum face value on the date of issue
Inland economic mail (J+4)
EC
   ECOPLI
Inland priority mail (J+2)
LV
   LETTRE VERTE
Inland priority mail (J+1)
LP
   LETTRE PRIORITAIRE
International priority mail
IP    LETTRE PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE



2015. The antique postboxes (2), 'Delachanal' (1918) & 'Foulon' (1929)

In 2015, the second LISA issue from L'Adresse Musée de La Poste is again illustrated with images of two French mailboxes of the twentieth century.
Along with the design of March 2015 (see article and VARIABLE 36), it seems to be the beginning of a series of issues featuring some of the main mailboxes used by the French post in the twentieth century. This set is a perfect complement to the issues that the museum has been releasing, since 2009, showing different aspects of postal heritage and French postal history.

The new issue was available from October 6th 2015, only at the IER LISA 2 Évolution postal kiosk installed in the Boutique of the Paris museum (right picture, with a blue 'Mougeotte' mailbox next to the entrance).

The composition is by Philippe Rodier, and includes the images of two cast iron mailboxes installed between the two World Wars, which were manufactured by the Delachanal and Foulon companies.

As for the March issue, the total printing for this design was 15,000 labels.



For this issue, L'Adresse did not prepare any special postmark, although the museum’s general postmark and the last issue postmark (featuring the 'Simyanette' mailbox) were available for visitors.

With no changes in postage rates from the last issue, it was possible to obtain stamps of this design, on October 6th, with up to 28 different texts or indicators (14 shipment types + 14 franking complements), as well as stamps with just the face value. The IER LISA 2 postal kiosk, installed in the museum, is not connected to the La Poste network, and so it does not allow the issue of the 'Lettre suivie' stamps for domestic and international mail. Besides this, the minimum face value programmed into the kiosk usually corresponds to the current rate of domestic economic mail ('Ecopli'), which was 0.66 EUR in 2015.

TEST imprint label Minimum face value on the date of issue
Inland economic mail (J+4)
EC
   ECOPLI
Inland priority mail (J+2)
LV
   LETTRE VERTE
Inland priority mail (J+1)
LP
   LETTRE PRIORITAIRE
International priority mail
IP    LETTRE PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE



2016. The Musée de La Poste marks its 70th anniversary ... losing L'ADRESSE

In 2016, the Paris Musée de La Poste celebrates its 70th anniversary.
The first idea of ​​a postal museum emerged in 1864, in an article written by Arthur Maury in Le collectionneur de timbres-poste newspaper. However, it took more than 70 years until the completion of the project.

The museum first opened on June 4th 1946, in l’Hôtel de Choiseul-Praslin, Paris, thanks to the drive of Eugène Vaillé (see article, also published in VARIABLE 15).
The museum was later transferred to its current location on the Boulevard de Vaugirard, because of the lack of space resulting from the increasing number of collections. The new building opened in December 1973, and it was specially designed and dedicated to the museum’s activity. In 2013, the museum issued a vignette LISA commemorating 40 years of the new building (see article, and VARIABLE 31).
The museum closed in late 2013, and major renovations to adapt the museum to the current accessibility standards began in the spring of 2015. It is expected to be reopened again in late 2017 or early 2018.

Even with the museum closed, the management wanted to mark the anniversary with the release of a special souvenir pack with four personalized stamps, plus a commemorative vignette LISA. 
Announced during the Paris-Philex 2016 show, the new issue could only be obtained, from June 7th 2016, at the IER LISA 2 Évolution postal kiosk installed in the Boutique du Musée, moved during renovation works at a nearby location in the Avenue du Maine.

The new design depicts a watercolour by A. Martin, based on an oil on canvas by Alexander Sauerweid (1783-1844). The painting shows a scene from 1815 in which a stagecoach gives way to a chaise de poste, or mail chaise, near Paris.
The design layout is again by Philippe Rodier, the museum’s illustrator. The choice of this design implies that, unlike earlier annual issues, the background is very dark, the thermal impression of the face value and indicators is hardly visible and could be short-lived.
The total printing for this design was 20,000 labels.



On another note, this is the first LISA issue in which the word L'ADRESSE does not appear next to Musée de La Poste, after the name change in October 2009 nor on the 70th anniversary special postmark (right).
L'ADRESSE is phased out of the name of the museum, as could be seen, for example, in all panels of the Musée de La Poste stand in Paris-Philex 2016 ... (see article, and VARIABLE 41).

According to the current postage rate programme, installed in the IER LISA 2 postal kiosk, it was possible to obtain ATMs of this design with up to 28 different texts or indicators (14 shipment types + 14 franking complements), as well as stamps with just the face value.

The postal kiosk installed in the museum is not connected to the La Poste network, and so it does not issue the tracked mail stamps or 'LETTRE SUIVIE'. The minimum face value programmed into the kiosk corresponds to the current rate of domestic economic mail ('ECOPLI'), which was 0.68 EUR in 2016.
Inland economic mail - EC    ECOPLI Inland priority mail (J+2) - LV    LETTRE VERTE
Inland priority mail (J+1)
LP
   LETTRE PRIORITAIRE
International priority mail
IP    LETTRE PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE
TEST labels



2017. Postboxes (3), 'Dejoie' (1962) & 'Dejoie' (1985)

With the Musée de La Poste closed since the end of 2013 due to major renovation works, and the reopening scheduled for the end of 2018 or 2019, the activity of the Parisian postal museum continues through its website, traveling exhibitions, and the shop or Boutique temporarily moved to the nearby Avenue du Maine.

During this parenthesis, the annual issues of ATMs or vignettes d'affranchissement have not stopped either. Thus, in 2017, the Musée de La Poste presented a new issue that could be obtained from October 19th, only from the IER LISA 2 Évolution postal kiosk installed in the museum shop (right).

The lay-out of the new design is by Philippe Rodier, and features the images of two French postboxes produced by the Dejoie foundry in the second half of the 20th century. After the designs issued in March (see article and VARIABLE 36) and October 2015 (article and VARIABLE 39), this is the third issue illustrated with La Poste postboxes. Phil@poste produced 20,000 labels with this design.

Since 1949, all the postboxes installed by La Poste are manufactured by the company Dejoie, in Nantes. The new label shows the mural postbox manufactured in 1962, in cast aluminium, in yellow colour and some details in blue, and the postbox manufactured from 1985, in cast aluminium and plastic, with two mouths (Paris and other destinations
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For this issue, the Musée de La poste did not prepare any special postmark, although the museum’s general postmark and the March 2015 issue postmark were available for visitors.

The postal kiosk installed in the museum is not connected to the La Poste network and, in October 19th, run the old software or postage rates program used before July 2017. Then, it was possible to obtain stamps with 28 different face value indicators (14 shipment types + 14 franking complements), as well as stamps with just the face value (starting from 0.71 EUR).
Minimum face value programmed
Inland economic mail - EC    ECOPLI Inland priority mail - LV    LETTRE VERTE
Inland priority mail - LP    LETTRE PRIORITAIRE International priority mail
IP    LETTRE PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE
TEST labels





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