4 French First Day Cover postcards dated "2 Decembre 1978
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4 French First Day Cover postcards dated "2 Decembre 1978" celebrating and carrying stamps of TH (3) and TMCM with art by Lucien Achille Mauzan. Two with cursive titles and giving "X. Mauzan" as the artist for $9.50 from A. Przopiorski, Sully Philatelie, Maisons Alfort, France, through Ebay, Oct., '99. The Tortoise and the Hare with sweating rabbit and capped turtle for $4 from Topical Paradise Limited through eBay, August, '08. The Tortoise and the Hare with golden frame, zigzag path, and "Croix-Rouge 1978" title for $5.01 from Loic Marchat, Villeurbane, France, through eBay, August, '05.
The postmarks on all the cards celebrate "La Croix Rouge et la Poste," as do the backs of the Mauzan cards. The place of each postmark is La Fontaine's own Chateau-Thierry. The Mauzan illustrations show particular whimsy. I had never before seen a snail decked out as a hot rod! The genteel rats of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse belong among my mother's soft sculptures! The backs of the cards give Mauzan's dates as 1883-1952. The "sweating rabbit" representation of The Tortoise and the Hare appears on the 8½" x 12" sheet that is an accessory to the 1978 series, while the rabbit on the zigzag path appears on one of the envelopes done at the same time. The illustration shows a zig-zaggy yellow path through green landscape. There is a straight-line golden border around the illustration.