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11 September 2020

COVID-19 — #AllCommitted (booklet stamps)

France: COVID-19 – #AllEngaged, 11 September 2020. Images from Phil-Ouest.

Technical Specifications:

Issue Date: Friday, September 11, 2020
Illustrated obliteration 1st day in PARIS (75) at Carré d’Encre, from 10am to 5pm, 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 PARIS.
General sale on Monday, September 14, 2020 Info
Postage of 12 green letters up to 20g for France, Monaco, Andorra and postal sectors (Army)

Illustration: Miles HYMAN Layout: Eighth Day
Printing: rotogravure
Booklet format: 256 x 54 mm Stamp format: 38 x 24 mm
Presentation: 12 self-adhesive postage stamps
Print run: 2,500,000 copies
Face value: € 0.97 (Green Letter)
Sale Price: € 11.64
Graphic design of the date stamp: Eighth Day
Mandatory information: Miles HYMAN drawings, Eighth Day layout; title # all committed: creation Ben

Machine translation of LaPoste’s Press Release:

Press release
September 2020

On September 14, 2020, La Poste issues a stamp book # all committed thanking and honoring the heroes of everyday life during the health crisis.

“Symbol of our history, our culture and our heritage, the stamp is also a messenger in our society. Because it connects to each other, La Poste transmits through this notebook all the applause that has been raised for these women and men, heroes of the suddenly upset everyday life of all the French “.

Philippe WAHL,
Chairman and CEO La Poste Group

The outbreak of the epidemic crisis and the entry of our country into a state health emergency on March 24, 2020 created an unprecedented, unforeseen situation, immediate in a suddenly motionless France.

In an emergency, we had to adapt and make choices. Women and men have mobilized in the service of all, to protect the French from Covid-19, to live the nation and make confinement possible and bearable, sometimes at the risk of their life.

La Poste, with the signature “# tous engaged” by artist Ben VAUTIER, pays tribute to these everyday heroes through a booklet of 12 postage stamps illustrating this period that we all recently lived.

The different actors and professionals are pictured and interact in life scenes drawn by artist Miles HYMAN. These scenes are organized into 3 main areas of action “Care, Support, Maintain”. They tell a story, the story of this unprecedented period traversed by all French people.

The 12 stamps unveiled today at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital by Philippe WAHL, Chairman and CEO of La Poste Group, Charlotte HENRY, Patronage Manager of the Paris Hospitals Foundation – Hospitals de France and Serge MOREL, Managing Director of the GHU Assistance Publique – Paris Hospitals Center University of Paris, in the presence of Philippe GOUJON Mayor of the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

The left pane has for thematic “Care, Save”.

A stamp represents a resuscitator, with in background a group of nurses mobilized around a patient in intensive care. We see it on a another stamp a pilot of a helicopter about to ensure the transfer of a patient brought in by firefighters. Then on another patch a bio-cleaning agent and a caregiver in action for cleaning medical premises and devices. On the last stamp in a EPHAD room, a nursing assistant reassures a resident sitting in her wheelchair.

The middle pane has for its thematic “Support, Preserve, To watch, to Assist ”.

We can see a postwoman on a bicycle distribute a small package and letters to a recipeint’s home; an office account manager in the post office pays social services benefits to an elderly customer. On a another stamp is the police and gendarmes who enforce containment instructions. Two garbage collectors in action, with their truck in the distance dumpster, appear on another stamp.

The right pane has for its thematic “Maintain, Supply, Distribute ”.

We can see on a stamp a cashier, and a customer, in a large area. Sure another is one bus driver in foreground in a street almost deserted during the confinement, that only one woman laden with provisions borrows. Another stamp is dedicated to a truck driver in his truck, responsible for supplying businesses; on the highway, only other trucks circulate. And on another stamp: a market gardener, in the foreground, presents his production, with its vegetable greenhouse in the background allowing a short circuit to sell his vegetables.

A few words about the artist

This #all committed stamp booklet is Miles HYMAN’s first philatelic achievement, American designer who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Born in 1962 in Vermont (United States), he lives and works in the Paris region and even if the formula may seem agreed, it is definitely the most French of American designers.

His first comic books appeared in 1987. Painter and realistic-style designer, he collaborates as an illustrator for magazines Obs, Le Monde, Télérama, Liberation, GQ, The New Yorker and The New York Times. He publishes for Dupuis, Glénat, Casterman and Denoël Graphic editions. he creates the covers of many books published by Gallimard, Le Seuil and Actes South. His book “Rome” appears in the prestigious Travel Book collection of Louis Vuitton.

Miles HYMAN has exhibited in internationally recognized museums such as the Palais de Tokyo, the Tomi Ungerer Museum and the Central Institute of Arts Graphics in Rome. These drawings give off an atmosphere that does not leave indifferent as he has the power to instantly immerse us in the universe that he draw … The colors, almost too beautiful and too deep, sublimate these scenes seemingly realistic …

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3 thoughts on “New Issues 2020: France (COVID-19)

  1. Alan Dinnison says:

    A well researched and produced series of stamps (in a booklet) praising those that worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic.

    • ABHIJIT DE says:

      I am a philatelist. I really appreciate the way the message connected to living under Covid 19 conditions have been communicated. A most worthwhile effort.. Congratulations.

      • Mark Joseph Jochim says:

        I am working on a update to my catalogue of all the issues. This set from France is quite nice.

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