Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Paris Postal Museum

The Musée de La Poste (La Poste's Museum)  is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of postal heritage. It has 15 exhibition rooms on five floors, 11 devoted to permanent collections and four for temporary exhibitions, plus a documentation centre, a library, and an auditorium.

Opened in 1946, the museum was the idea of philatelist Arthur Maury.

Maury was born in Paris in 1844. At 16, he became a stamp dealer. Later he wrote Historie des Timbres-Poste Francais, an important work on French stamps as was his Catalogue Complet des Timbres-Poste which became the standard for collectors and dealers according to a write-up that appears on the Doig's Ethiopian Stamp Catalogue website.

As early as 1865 his catalogue offered reprints and imitations of United States local issues.

Shown above, two semi-postals issued by France that helped fund the Paris Postal Museum.

To learn more about the museum, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM