Apfelbaum’s Corner – Volume 99

In fifty years of philatelic activity it has always been my experience that France is one of the most popular countries. Through good and bad times, war and peace, the land of the Gauls has issued much sought after philatelic material. Of course, the home market in France itself is a strong factor in this popularity; but overseas in the former Colonies, in Latin America, French Canada and throughout Europe, quality stamps of France always enjoy a strong market.

Recent issues of French stamps are artistic gems. Many early issues are classics of considerable value and the so-called middle issues lend themselves to minor specialization at modest cost. There are many albums and catalogs available to aid the collector. This is one country that appears to have a feel for the collector as strong as he has for its stamps.