Friday, February 24, 2006

La Poste

While most trips to the Post Office usually involve long lines, grouchy salespeople, and even grouchier customers (or worse, people who skip the line!), today I was in for a pleasant surprise: no line, a nice salesperson, and shiny new stamps! I do not collect stamps, in fact I do not collect anything, but I really like buying new *pretty* stamps. La Poste had me at the series based on French life and sights, with photos that induced stomach growling:
I don't know if you can make it out, but in the bottom left corner is a stamp featuring quiche lorraine; the bottom center is cassoulet; top right corner is oysters.
This set features Cantal (the cheese), Rilletes, Bouillabaisse, and Choucroute.

Only in France. Can you imagine an American stamp featuring a hamburger? Or barbeque? Perhaps I am overlooking other American culinary delights that surely merit an official stamp.
I laughed when I saw the "video game" line of stamps. How cool to have Mario on a stamp!

I thought these were really cute, and I thought about getting them,

until I saw these which totally won me over:
First of all, France has finally jumped on the sticker-stamp bandwagon. What took them so long?! When did we first get sticker-stamps in the US...5 years ago, at least?! So hurray for one step towards modernity. Also, I just like the stamps and the neat little timeline on the back of the packet. I would be even happier if other favorites were included, but it is pretty much the all-star lineup of Impressionists so I can't complain. Available at a post office near you ;)



Eric said...

Actually, we've had sticker stamps for a long time now, just not the pretty ones. Loved your post...

Journal du blogue said...


Dans le cadre d'une prochaine émission du Journal du blogue, sur France 5 (, intitulée «blogues d'expatriés", nous souhaiterons vous interviewer à propos de votre blogue « Etienne Marcel ».
L'émission montrera comment un expatrié partage son expérience à travers le blogue, avec ses proches, ses concitoyens, bref une autre vue sur le pays.
En parallèle, nous interrogerons un blogueur français expatrié aux Etats-Unis.
Ted Stanger intervient aussi en tant que décrypteur dans l'émission.

Compte tenu des délais qui nous sont imposés, l'idéal serait, si cela vous intéressait, de faire l'interview demain samedi ou dimanche.
Cette interview sera filmée et ne dure que trente minutes.

Dans l'attente de votre réponse, veuillez croire, Madame, Monsieur, en l'expression de mes salutations distinguées.

Christophe Degoy
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