Mythical Symbols on French

Airmail Stamps

Part of the appeal of French airmail stamps comes from a combination of their symbolism and the qualities of their engraving.

Image of 40 franc stamp
Image of 50 franc stamp
Image of 100 franc stamp
Image of 200 franc stamp


Common to all these designs are the dominant mythical images. The ever-present transport plane in flight is subjugated to the background, and details of it are limited.

As a contrast, consider the US airmail stamp of the same era.

Image of 5 cent stamp

Many technical details of the aircraft are clear, and it not only dominates the design, it rather is the design. It is, however an effective design, with high standards of engraving.

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