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Adrian30/07/2014 08:03:49
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Some real beauties among those! Love the Maximilian, flowers and bottom TB stamps.

Adrian02/08/2014 11:46:07
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Ah yes, I remember him. He's not in my database yet, but that'll change once I get to Germany.

I'll tell you who is in my database though: Marianne de Gandon!

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Better go and have a look here.

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Neville Lawson13/08/2014 11:47:14
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Hello everybody

I've been collecting by engraver - in a v small way - since I discovered these forums. I got some v helpful advice from you in May this year. I've now embarked on the hunt for stamps by about a dozen engravers - and growing all the time.

Along the way I've come across some very attractive stamps of Laos. The stamps issued during the last years of the kingdom - 1950 - 1975 - are interesting because they show a lot of stuff about the country, its wildlife and its people. I'm sure some are engraved by French engravers - there was a mention once, either here, or on another very big forum I've found.

Can anyone tell me how to ascertain which stamps of Laos during this period were engraved - or is it a matter of looking for the engraver's name in the bottom corner? Or buying a SG specialised SE Asia catalogue? My local library has the latest SG all word 6 volume cat, but that doesn't show the engravers.

Incidentally it's interesting that under the kingdom there was such a plethora of stamps depicting the life of ordinary folk. I recently happened to look at the stamps of India in the period 1920 - 1960 and found that under British rule the stamps showed mainly portraits of the King, whereas after independence, the British monarch seems never to have appeared again. Laotian kings were more prepared to let the common people on to their stamps. But perhaps that was as far as their democratic leanings went!

Anyway, I'd welcome some info about engraved stamps of Laos 1950-75.

Bye for now - Neville

Adrian13/08/2014 14:34:09
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Hi Neville,

Great to see you've joined our large group of engraver collectors! Which ones are you hunting down?

As for Laos, yes, your best bet would be to try and lay your hands on an SG specialised catalogue. But basically all stamps up to the very late 1960s were all recess-printed, and they were all printed in Paris so they were all engraved by the famous French engravers. I would presume their names would be included in most if not all stamp issues. In the final 6,7 years some non-recess issues appeared so you'd have to be a bit more careful there.

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I suppose, re the India - Laos comparison, that Laos enjoyed a greater state of self-rule within the French Union and indeed was a fully independent state within that union from 1953 on. Their postal affairs were their own without any obvious French influences other than that all stamps were produced in France. I suppose the case of India was more of an 'occupational' nature, with the country largely ruled by a British Viceroy rather than a local Laos king, which might explain the fact that during this time Indian stamps were rather British in nature and anything but after independence.

Who said that stamps weren't political?!

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But that's what makes them fascinating, I suppose!

Adrian16/08/2014 15:40:23
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Any idea why this First Day Cover gives me a headache?

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Well you can read about it in my blog this week, which you'll find HERE.

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Adrian17/08/2014 12:01:10
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Hi cNA, yes, I am planning to contact them but I have to muster up the courage first to dust off my German.

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Adrian05/04/2015 14:49:47
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Thanks for letting us know, cNA, I'll see if I can give him a mention in the next Stamp Magazine.

som ghatak21/04/2015 09:42:58
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Hello all,I hope all is well..today i was just lookig at this chain for some reference and was thinking to make it alive?what do you think?This is the newest addition with many other items which i purchased during my stay in Sweden in last summer..

Stockholmia '86. The two stamps are out of a set of four, of which Slania has engraved the two stamps shown. Paintings,Signed by engraver himself
viewing "Slussen" in Stockholm (by S. Hjertén), and the
Riddarholm Canal in Stockholm (by H. Linnqvist)

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Christopher Hughes 129/05/2015 12:42:40
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Adrian

Returning to the question of Gaston Gandon. While you were doing your research did you come across the reason for his death in 1941. I am attempting to find out whether the death of his father could have influenced Pierre Gandon's attitude to the Vichy regime.

Is there any real evidence that Pierre was a supporter of the regime other than his outstanding work during the 1940's? I know he was branded as a collaborator but I would love to know on what evidence other than his work.

Adrian30/05/2015 12:09:51
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Christopher,

I'm afraid I can't help you much. I know next to nothing about Gaston and as for Pierre: there seem to be so many stories around, with usually conflicting information, that I wouldn't dare judge them on authenticity. The story is juicy of course, which may well have led to it being romanticised and slightly enhanced, leaving behind the historical truth more and more, and I'll be the first to admit I may well have fallen into that trap once.

But other than the probable fact that he was actually blacklisted I'm not sure what evidence there is. I know he engraved cinderella for the French Legion (as did Degorce but was he ever blacklisted?), but he may well have been 'forced' into that kind of work. After all, with one's job and livelihood at risk, we can't all be heroes.

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