One of the major European philatelic fairs is held in Paris, every year, in the first week of November. It is an unmissable event for many French philatelists, named Salon Philatélique d'Automne.
This huge philatelic fair, with a long tradition and continued growth, is organized by the CNEP (Chambre Syndicale des Négociants et Experts en Philatélie) with the collaboration of ADPhile (Association pour le Développement de la Philatélie) and La Poste.

The 64th Salon Philatélique d'Automne was held from November 4th to 7th 2010, in its usual location, at the Paris Expo - Espace Champerret. The guest of honour was Russia.

The Salon 2010 saw a record participation, with a total of 110 stands of philatelic dealers, organizations, associations and the philatelic press. A large number of European philatelic services, as well as the Overseas departments and territories of France, or DOM TOM, were also represented.

During the Salon, La Poste launched new philatelic issues every day, and there were the usual and successful autograph sessions with the stamp designers, along with philatelic exhibitions, competitions, shows, demonstrations, the awards of the Prix René Cottet and the 60 Grand Prix de l'Art Philatélique, ... and, above all, many many visitors.

For more information on the previous annual Salons d'Automne, you can read the articles devoted to the events of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, also published in VARIABLE 3, 7, 11 and 15.

Left, the stand of the Russia philatelic service.
Right, an autograph session with stamp designers

Among the various philatelic items prepared for the Salon, La Poste produced a new vignette LISA, which could be obtained from the 3 obsolete Monétel LISA 1 vending machines using a mechanical imprint, which were temporarily installed in the exhibition.

The ATM issue is a design by the artist Claude Perchat. It is dedicated to Russia, the guest of honour at the Salon 2010, and depicts some of the major monuments of the country.

In the left half, some Moscow buildings. From left to right, the Saint Basil's Cathedral with the Grand Kremlin Palace in the background. The Assumption Belfry, the Ivan the Great Bell Tower, and the Cathedral of the Archangel, with one of the Kremlin towers. In the right half, the main facade of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, now the Hermitage Museum.

The lush and colourful St. Basil's Cathedral, with its characteristic bulbous domes, is one of the most famous monuments of the Russian capital. Its construction was ordered by Tsar Ivan IV of Russia, and was erected between 1555 and 1561. It is located at one end of Red Square.
This is the subject illustrating one of the Salon 2010 postmarks.

The rolls of labels, produced by Phil@poste, are on self-adhesive 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 was 60,000 labels, although the number of ATMs finally issued by the distributors is unknown.

Considering the distributor used for the issue and its programmed prefixes, and the current postal rates on the date of issue, the basic set could be made up from 4 values :- E 0.53 EUR - 0.58 EUR - P 0.75 EUR & LETTRE 0.95 EUR, corresponding to the basic rates for economic domestic mail (E), priority domestic mail (without prefix), high-priority mail to Europe (P) and high-priority domestic mail for letters above 20 g. (LETTRE).
The programmed minimum face value was 0.53 EUR.

E - Inland post Economique / Ecopli Inland post Prioritaire
P - International Priority mail - Prioritaire LETTRE - Inland letters above 20 g.

One of the most interesting features of the Monétel distributors is that these machines can provide receipts showing a list of the ATMs issued, and these are printed on a matching self-adhesive label similar to those used for the stamps.

Receipts with the list of stamps issued considering the prefixes set, and the total

In addition to the postmark illustrated, with the picture of St. Basil's Cathedral, there were another 3 special postmarks available, illustrated with other themes related to the Salon, such as this one, dedicated to the Russian space achievements, with the image of a cosmonaut, and the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Grands Prix de l'Art Philatélique.

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