Time for a fresh start! The summer months are always my quietest months, with an enforced (by me!) ten weeks at home. No trips, nothing. Great! Recharging the batteries and finding the inspiration to bring this blog back to life!
So we kick off the new season with my most recent acquisition, falling on the doormat only yesterday afternoon!
It is one of the stamps from a 1980 set issued in France, and it portrays Jean Monnet. I needed this stamp for my Peacemaking collection. In the aftermath of WW1 France was toying with the idea of economic cooperation in Europe, rather than destructive competition. The then French minister of commerce and industry, Clémentel, set up plans for this, but they came to nothing. However, his assistant, Jean Monnet, managed to breathe new life into the plans and it was him who eventually, after WW2, founded the ECSC, the European Coal and Steel Community, which basically was the first step towards the current European Union.
The stamp was designed and engraved by R. Quillivic.
Phew, well that was easy!;-)