• FRANCE 1960 50c Heroes EPREUVE DE LUXE, Yvert 1252, SG 1482


  • FRANCE 1954 30f Art, Yv 971, PLATE PROOFS IMPERF BLOCK of 4 on card, bend


  • FRANCE 1960 20c Heroes,Yvert 1248,NHM BLOCK of 4 signed engr J.PHEULPIN


  • FRANCE 1923-38 all diff mint selection, Cat €240+ (30 stamps)


  • FRANCE 1920s – 1980s loose stamps in glassines. (approx 1,500 stamps)


  • FRANCE RED CROSS BOOKLETS 1975-1980 & 1982-1985 complete NHM (10)


  • FRANCE 2003 Birds set,Yvert 3548/51,Epreuves de Luxe printed in blue (2)


  • FRANCE 1955 Red Cross complete booklet (Yvert 2004, SG XSB5), superb never hinged mint, very fresh.


  • FRANCE PARCEL POST 1892 25c brown on yellow with type I inscription “APPORT A LA GARE”, perf 13½, Yvert 3, mint, centered to upper right.


  • FRANCE 1954 Air Aircraft complete set (Yvert 30/33, SG 1194/97), never hinged mint, fresh, cat £475. (4 stamps)


  • FRANCE 1949 10f orange-red CITEX Exhibition, SG 1071a, Yvert 841, NHM


  • FRANCE STRIKE STAMPS. 1988 Reims, Maury 39/40, sheetlets of 4. NHM (2×4)




  • FRANCE RED CROSS BOOKLETS 1953-1959 complete run of complete Red Cross booklets (SG XSB3/9, Yvert 2002/08), never hinged mint. (7 booklets)


  • FRANCE 1936 100th South America Flight complete set (SG 553/54, Yvert 320/21, superb never hinged mint, very fresh. (2 stamps)


  • FRANCE STAMPS PICTURED on philatelic postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.


  • FRANCE 1936 100th Flight between France and South America complete set (SG 553/54, Yvert 320/21), never hinged mint, scarce. (2 stamps)


  • FRANCE 1971 Gen. de Gaulle IMPERF strip/4 with label, Yv 1695a/8a, NHM


  • FRANCE 1949 UPU IMPERFS Universal Postal Union complete IMPERF set (Yvert 850/52, SG 1078/80), never hinged mint. Rare (3 stamps)


  • FRANCE 1918 Red Cross 15c+5c (Yvert 156, SG 378, Sc B11) fine mint.


We sell France stamps, collections, complete sets, errors and varieties

France Stamps – The first French mail service was set up on 19th June 1464 by decree of Louis XI, however, only operated for the king and royal court. The first France stamps were the 20 centimes black, and 1 franc orange-vermilion issued on 1st January 1849. They were an original signatory of the UPU in 1874. On 1st 1899, following the introduction of the Imperial Penny Post a week earlier, they established a Colonial rate equal to the internal mail rate.

France’s stamps during the War

In 1914, France entered the war against Germany after the invasion of Belgium, immediately moving into German Alsace, and horrendous trench warfare followed. In 1916 German stamps overprinted for the Western Military Command were therefore used in occupied areas. In May 1939 the Germans invaded Holland and Belgium and quickly passed through to enter France from the northeast and also directly south of Luxembourg. The French army fell back and its British allies, pinned to the Channel coast, were forced to withdraw from Dunkirk. On 6th June 1944, the Allies invaded Normandy and in August, southern France. By the end of 1944, virtually all of the country was liberated and Paris became the capital again in August, with new designs printed in Washington and brought to France by the Allies in June, these were used in liberated areas as forces advanced.

In summary, France issued beautiful stamps depicting outstanding art and culture. Collectors enjoy a rich diversity of early classics, in addition to fascinating wartime postal history, postage dues and revenue stamps.

France Stamps