Six French First Day Cover envelopes
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Six French First Day Cover envelopes (and five extras) dated "2 Decembre 1978" celebrating and carrying stamps of The Tortoise and the Hare and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. The colored pictures on these envelopes show respectively La Fontaine in a pastoral setting with animals; The Tortoise and the Hare at the start; The Tortoise and the Hare along the way; town and city rats in the country; and two versions of the town and city rats at the city meal. La Fontaine: Between $2 and $5 from Karen Ross, Iron Mountain, MI, through Ebay, April, '99; Alexandre Prozopiorski, April, '99; Charles Legault, Gloucester, Ontario, through Ebay, Jan, '00; and Annick Tilly, Clignancourt, July, '01.
The postmark on each celebrates "La Croix Rouge et la Poste." The place of the postmark is La Fontaine's own Chateau-Thierry. The La Fontaine illustration is signed HR(?), and I seem to recognize the work, but cannot pin it down. The La Fontaine envelope proclaims "First Day Cover" twice. The woodland scene on it is lovely. "The Tortoise and the Hare Start," "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Country," and one of the "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse City" envelopes have a straight-line golden border around the illustration. "The Tortoise and the Hare Along the Way" and one "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse City" envelope share a different format from these other two, including a number (No. 1103 and No. 1104 respectively). They alone present the text of their fable on the verso of the envelope.