I'm impressed. Interesting way to use this stamp !
I have seen this stamp before, and thought it a bit odd, one of those that I have no idea what it is about. And once again, Philippe has found the perfect use for it. And once again I am amazed with the nice relationship he has with the post office because painting on a stamp would probably not be OK here in the US as they would then consider it canceled.
This stamp is part of a joint stamp issue betwenn France and Korea. Both countries habe issued two stamps at the same time with the same design. One pictures a treasure from Korea and one from France. This stamp pictures the reliquary of Pepin. It is a precious box as you can see. To ne noted that this stamp is one of the very seldom commemorative stamp issued by French post bearing tje exact face value for a letter to USA. The majority of commemorativr stamps usually bears the standard rate for France or a much highet fave value. This is one of the reason I do not use so much commemorative stamps in my mail art.
Thanks for the explanation, Eric. The only thing I thought about the stamp was that it showed some sort of ancient artifact, but I had no idea it was a joint issue.The US rarely has more than one issue at a time for international rate. I often wish I could use British stamps as almost all of the special stamp issues have an international design.
Oh, wow! I have also received a wonderful piece of mail from him (with the same stamp, but used differently), to be uploaded soon to the blog.
I can't wait to see what he sent you.
Ooh, how much I love this envelope! Great use of the stamp (until now - in contrary to my actions as a teen - I wouldn't dare to draw and paint on stamps), and I love that horse :-)
It is certainly a special envelope, although all of Philippe's mail art work is special.