Set of six FDC postcards featuring a first-day postmark
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Set of six FDC postcards featuring a first-day postmark, one (or on the first card, three) of the La Fontaine fable stamps issued on June 24, 1995, and a hologram-like reproduction of art, especially by Auguste Delierre. FDC: Paris: Carte Philatélique. $29.50 for the set of six from Alexandre Przopiorski, Lyon, France, April, '99.
Le Chat, la Belette et le petit Lapin," The Fox and the Crow, The Tortoise and the Hare, and The Wolf and the Lamb all feature work of Delierre in a strangely irridescent medium. The illustrations for The Ox and the Frog and The Grasshopper and the Ant are attributed to "Imagerie de Paris," identified as from the 19th century. The illustration for The Grasshopper and the Ant is perhaps the most unusual, with its red mountain and a serpent that is not mentioned in any version of the fable of which I am aware. The illustration for The Fox and the Crow is, for my money, a piece of excellent work. Is the monkey often, as here, the judge of the race in The Tortoise and the Hare?