Thursday, 29 April 2010

Postcard from France no. 5

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A beutiful, almost impressionistic postcard received from France, showing a view of the town of Auvers sur Oise, in the department of Val-d'Oise, not far from Paris, associated with several famous artists, the most prominent being Vincent van Gogh who committed suicide there and found his resting place.

The 0.90 euro stamp (issued on 26 October 2009) is also related to art, since it shows a picture by Jean-Jacques WALTZ, known as HANSI, born in Colmar, Alsace in 1873, famous for his ironic pictures and caricatures. I've visited few galleries in France, but coincidentally one of them, in Riquewihr near Colmar, was dedicated to Hansi, who really caught my attention then.

Unfortunately, this stamp has not been cancelled. I don't know what happens but now almost a third of my incoming mail from all over the world lacks any postal marks...

Thank you, Sylvain!

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