Saturday, January 16, 2010

Meeting Aerien Vincennes 1924

Imagine what it must have been like to attend an air show in the beginning of the 20th century. An exiting event! The stamp lovers jumped on the occasion and special "stamps" were created. Some are still to be found. Here is an example of the event that took place 1924 in Vincennes, France.

This one was sent to Mr. Forbin in Paris. Alfred J. Forbin (1872-1956) was a pioneering French stamp dealer who wrote an all-world catalogue of revenue stamps that has never been surpassed. Forbin started as a stamp dealer in 1890 and in 1900 he opened a shop in the Rue Druot in Paris. Later he was at 24 Rue de Milan, 80 Rue Saint-Lazare and 35 Rue de Berne. In 1902, Théodore Champion, his employee and the best man at his wedding, purchased the business from Forbin who afterwards concentrated on fiscal stamps. Forbin's Catalogue de Timbres-Fiscaux was the most comprehensive all-world catalogue of revenue stamps produced up to that time and is still regularly referred to by revenue philatelists as no other all-world catalogue has been prepared since Forbin's third edition in 1915.

And two others from the same event:

Here is one from Geneva, Switzerland.

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