As you might guess from someone who loves postcards and mail, I pay close attention to the French stamp issues. I am not organized enough to be a stamp collector but I do appreciate nice stamps….enough so that I received this in the mail yesterday along with New Year’s wishes from La Poste. This postcard shows most of the French stamps being issued from January to June this year. Not all the stamps are shown–certain stamp designs had yet to be approved when the postcard was printed and thus are not included above. Perhaps the most noteworthy missing stamp, in my opinion, is the 2012 Olympics stamp. I always enjoy getting Olympics stamps on my mail and I can’t wait to see what France has chosen to commemorate this year’s Games.
Personal favorites? The tropical fish mini-sheet immediately caught my eye and, of course, this year’s Heart stamps. I love the yearly heart series (pun intended). Every year a different fashion designer is asked to create a heart-shaped stamp. In the past, Yves Saint-Laurent, Christian LaCroix, and Chanel have all designed stamps. You can see all the different heart stamps over the years here. This year’s stamps were designed by Adeline André. I don’t follow fashion enough to have an opinion on her collections but I will be sending a little love thanks to her stamps! Tomorrow is my post office day!