Booklet enclosing four each of the 1978 Red Cross stamps
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Booklet enclosing four each of the 1978 Red Cross stamps of The Tortoise and the Hare and Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. About 3" x 4". £.99 from Brian Chilton, Nairn, Highland, Scotland, through eBay, Oct., '06.
The front cover of this little booklet mixes red, green, brown, and black. The green background may be Paris in La Fontaine's time. There is a cameo bust of La Fontaine in the lower left. The script reads "République Française: Secretariat d'Etat aux Postes et Télécommunications 1978: émission au profit de la Croix-Rouge Française." The center presents a quadrant of four of either stamp postmarked Strassbourg, December 11, 1978. The back page is a monochrome mélange of several fables, perhaps The Fox and the Crow, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, The Milklmaid, THe Frogs wanting a King, The Tortoise and the Hare and "The Heron." Creating the larger version helped me to discover that both stamps are signed "Andreotto.