Presentation of the issued booklets

Introduction

We will now describe and illustrate all the booklets produced with the stamp 0,50F Marianne de Béquet. We will also show some varieties about these booklets, varieties which can be extremely spectacular. This is due to the way in which these booklets are made: booklets arrive closed in front of the checking person and booklets with missing colour, defective printing, misperforations,... can completely escape the attention of the printing office staff and thus can be found in post offices.
We will end this article by proposing some test booklets linked to those containing stamps 0,50F Marianne de Béquet, as well as two booklets produced for the PTTs postal courses.

The C1 type booklet

It is a booklet of 10 stamps without phosphor band, with a cover advertising the “Caisse d’Épargne Postale”:
 

cover of the C1 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 5

 

inside of the above booklet: it is an "aristo" booklet made on the press TD6-6 on 10.12.70 with the electronic mark number 2

 

Booklets C1 were produced from 04.12.70 to 06.05.72 through the presses TD6-3, 6-4, 6-5 and 6-6. Covers were printed through the packaging machines number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8.
 

C1 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 1

 

C1 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 2

 

cover of a C1 booklet produced on the packaging machine number 3

 

C1 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 4

 

C1 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 5

 

C1 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 7

 

C1 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 8

 

Here are finally some varieties affecting C1 type booklets:
 

straddling guillotining of a C1 booklet

 

cover of the above booklet

 

upper pane of a C1 booklet with 8 defective printed stamps

 

lower pane of a C1 booklet with 8 defective printed stamps

 

cover of the above booklet

 

The C2 type booklet

It is a booklet of 20 stamps without phosphor band, with a cover advertising the “Caisse d’Épargne Postale”:
 

cover of the C2 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 6

 

the upper pane of the above booklet: it is an "aristo" booklet made on the press TD6-6 on 21.1.71 with the electronic mark number 2

 

the lower pane of the above booklet (the end of the electronic mark can be seen on the right)

 

reconstitution of the sheet of the above booklet showing the complete electronic mark

 

C2 type booklets were produced from 08.12.70 to 18.05.72 on the presses TD6-3, 6-5 and 6-6. Covers were printed through the packaging machines number 6, 7 and 8.
 

C2 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 6

 

C2 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 7

 

C2 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 8

 

Here is now a variety concerning a C2 type booklet:
 

upper pane of a C2 booklet with 20 albinos

 

lower pane of a C2 booklet with 20 albinos

 

cover of the above booklet

 

The C3 type booklet

It is a booklet of 10 stamps without phosphor band, with a cover advertising the use of the 5-digit zip code introduced in March, 1972, without dotted lines:
 

cover of the C3 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 5

 

inside of the above booklet: it is an "aristo" booklet made on the press TD6-6 on 20.2.73 with the electronic mark number 8

 

C3 type booklets were produced from 02.05.72 to 11.04.73 on the presses TD6-5 and TD6-6. Covers were printed through the packaging machines number 3, 4, 5 and 7:
 

cover of the C3 booklet produced by the packing machine number 3

 

cover of the C3 booklet produced by the packing machine number 4

 

cover of the C3 booklet produced by the packing machine number 5

 

The C4 type booklet

It is a booklet of 10 stamps without phosphor band, with a cover advertising the use of the 5-digit zip code, with dotted lines added to inform the user of the side from which it is necessary to open the booklet:
 

cover of the C4 booklet produced by the packing machine number 2

 

inside of the above booklet

 

C4 type booklets were produced from 28.02.73 to 17.04.73 on the presses TD6-5 and TD6-6. Covers were printed through the packaging machines number 1 and 2.
 

C4 booklet produced by the packing machine number 1

 

C4 booklet produced by the packing machine number 2

 

The C5 type booklet

It is a booklet of 20 stamps without phosphor band, with a cover advertising the use of the 5-digit zip code, without dotted lines:
 

cover of the C5 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 8

 

inside of the above booklet: it is an "aristo" booklet made on the press TD6-5 on 26.6.72 with the electronic mark number 7

 

C5 type booklets were produced from 06.06.72 to 07.04.73 on the presses TD6-5 and TD6-6. Covers were printed through the packaging machines number 6 and 8.
 

C5 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 6

 

C5 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 8

 

Here is now a C5 type booklet with defective printing stamps:
 

upper pane of a C5 booklet with 6 defective printed stamps

 

lower pane of a C5 booklet with 6 defective printed stamps

 

cover of the above booklet

 

The C6 type booklet

It is a booklet of 20 stamps without phosphor band, with a cover advertising the use of the 5-digit zip code, with dotted lines:
 

cover of the C6 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 8

 

inside of the above booklet: booklet dated 3.1.73

 

C6 type booklets were produced on 31.5.72, 3.1.73 and 17.11.73 on the press TD6-5. Covers were only printed on the packaging machine number 8.
 

The C7 type booklet

It is a booklet of 10 stamps with three type B phosphor bands and a cover advertising the use of the 5-digit zip code, without dotted lines:
 

cover of the C7 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 5

 

inside of the above booklet dated 2.1.73

 

C7 type booklets were produced from 02.01.73 to 26.07.74 on the presses TD6-4, 6-5, 6-6 and 6-7. Covers were printed through the packaging machines with number 3, 4, 5 and 7 and without number.
 

cover of the C7 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 3

 

cover of the C7 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 4

 

cover of the C7 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 5

 

cover of the C7 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 7

 
Here is finally a C7 type booklet with 10 albinos:
 

upper pane of a C7 booklet with 10 albinos

 

lower pane of a C7 booklet with 10 albinos

 

cover of the previous booklet

 

The C8 type booklet

It is a booklet of 10 stamps with three type B phosphor bands and a cover advertising the use of the 5-digit zip code, with dotted lines:
 

cover of the C8 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 2

 

inside of the above booklet: booklet dated 31.7.74

 

C8 type booklets were produced from 14.02.73 to 31.07.74 on the presses TD6-5, 6-6 and 6-7. Covers were printed through the packaging machines number 1 and 2 and without number.
 

C8 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 1

 

C8 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 2

 

C8 booklet produced by the packaging machine without number

 

The C9 type booklet

It is a booklet of 20 stamps with three phosphor bands and a cover advertising the use of the 5-digit zip code, without dotted lines:
 

cover of the C9 booklet produced by the packing machine number 8

 

C9 type booklets have a peculiarity: they are the only ones among all the booklets with stamps 0,50F Marianne de Béquet to have been produced with two types of phosphor bands:

Type A bands

Description of the printings
  • Some C9 type booklets with three type A phosphor bands can be found in the French Postal Museum’s archives. Here are two pictures of these booklets:
     
    un-issued C9 booklet dated 23.10.72 (Source : Copyright Coll. L’Adresse Musée de La Poste, Paris / La Poste)

     

    photo under UV of the stamps of the above booklet showing the type A phosphor bands

     

This booklet, dated 23.10.72, arises from the press TD6-5. We may see, on the upper image, phosphor ink traces on the reverse side of the stamps: it is ink rub-off due to the not still dry ink of the previous turn of the reel. This date of 23.10.72 was never found in post offices. It is thus probably an unissued booklet.

  • On the other hand, booklets produced from 04.12.72 to 05.12.72 with three type A phosphor bands are known:
     
    inside of a C9 booklet with type A phosphor bands: it is an "aristo" booklet made on the press TD6-6 on 5.12.72 with the electronic mark number 8

     

    photo under U.V. of the above booklet: phosphor bands have a vertical offset of approximately 50%

     

    enlargement of the stamps of the above booklet under U.V. showing the vertical offset of the phosphor bands

     

    photo under U.V. of a C9 booklet with normal type A phosphor bands

     

    reconstitution of the sheet of a C9 booklet showing the complete electronic mark 8

     

Personally, I have only seen such booklets with a cover made on the packaging machine number 8.

  • Finally, I have a booklet dated 27.12.72 whose stamps are certainly of type A (cf. photo under UV of the top pane of this booklet below). To the best of my knowledge, that booklet has never been mentioned. It seems to have been produced on the TD6-6 press.
     
    C9 booklet dated 27.12.72 with type A phosphor bands

     

    Photo under UV light of the above booklet

     

Some curious varieties

I will now describe five booklets with different varieties, but similar in the sense that the two parts of the booklet have phosphorescent bands arranged differently, This means that the two reels of stamps used to make these booklets are not twin reels obtained by cutting the same continuously printed reel.

  • Booklet #1: no phosphorescent band
    For this first booklet, the upper pane is totally free of phosphorescent band, while the lower pane has type A phosphorescent bands arranged normally. It should be noted that the stamps were printed on the press TD6-6 on 5.12.1972 and that the cover of the booklet was made on the packaging machine number 8.
     
    C9 booklet with an upper pane without phosphor band

     

    Photo under UV light of the upper pane of the above booklet.
    Photo under UV light of the lower pane of the above booklet.
  • Booklet #2: vertical offset of 50% of phosphorescent bands

This booklet has an upper pane with a vertical offset of the phosphorescent bands 16 mm upwards and a lower pane where the phosphorescent bands are printed normally. Here, too, the stamps were printed on the press TD6-6 on 5.12.1972 and the cover of the booklet was made on the packaging machine number 8.
 

C9 booklet with an upper pane vertical with a vertical offset of 50% of phosphorescent bands

 

Photo under UV light of the upper pane of the above booklet.
Photo under UV light of the lower pane of the above booklet.
  • Booklet #3: Horizontal offset of phosphorescent bands

This booklet has an upper pane with continuous phosphorescent bands with a horizontal offset of 6 mm to the left. On the lower pane, the phosphorescent bands are printed normally. Note that the horizontal offset of the phosphorescent bands creates two stamps adjoining to the right margin with only two phosphorescent bands. The cover of this booklet was made on the packaging machine number 8.
 

C9 booklet with an upper pane with a horizontal offset of phosphorescent bands

 

Photo under UV light of the upper pane of the above booklet.
Photo under UV light of the lower pane of the above booklet.
  • Booklet #4: Horizontal and vertical offset of phosphorescent bands

This booklet has an upper pane whose stamps show a vertical offset of the phosphorescent bands of 6 mm downwards and a horizontal offset of 11 mm to the left. On the other hand, phosphorescent bands are wider (4.5 mm) than normal bands. On the lower pane, the phosphorescent bands are printed normally. It can be noted that the horizontal offset of the phosphorescent bands creates two stamps adjoining to the right margin with only one and a half phosphorescent band (the middle phosphorescent band straddles the perforation). The cover of this booklet was made on the packaging machine number 8.
 

C9 booklet with an upper pane with a horizontal and vertical offset of phosphorescent bands

 

Photo under UV light of the upper pane of the above booklet.
Photo under UV light of the lower pane of the above booklet.
  • Booklet #5: horizontal and vertical offset of phosphorescent bands

This second booklet has an upper pane whose stamps show a vertical offset of the phosphorescent bands of 10 mm upwards and a horizontal offset of 7.5 mm to the left. On the lower pane, the phosphorescent bands are printed normally. Note that the horizontal offset of the phosphorescent bars creates two stamps adjoining to the right margin with only two phosphorescent bands. The cover of this booklet was made on the packaging machine number 8.
 

C9 booklet with an upper pane with a horizontal and vertical offset of large phosphorescent bands

 

Photo under UV light of the upper pane of the above booklet.
Photo under UV light of the lower pane of the above booklet.

Type B bands

All the other known printings for the C9 type booklet are with three type B phosphor bands. They were printed on the presses TD6-5, 6-6 and 6-7, from 02.01.73 to 31.05.74.
 

cover of the C9 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 8

 

inside of the above booklet: booklet dated 2.1.73 (first day issue of the stamps with type B phosphor bands?)

 

Here is another C9 type booklet with really recognizable type B phosphor bands:
 

photo under UV of a C9 booklet with type B phosphor bands

 

enlargement of 2 stamps of the above booklet

 

Covers were printed through the packaging machines number 6, 8 and without number.
 

C9 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 6

 

C9 booklet produced by the packaging machine number 8

 

C9 booklet produced by the packaging machine without number

 

The C10 type booklet

It is a booklet of 20 stamps with three type B phosphor bands and a cover advertising the use of the 5-digit zip code, with dotted lines:
 

cover of the C10 booklet produced by the packing machine number 6

 

inside of the above booklet

 

C10 type booklets were produced from 14.05.74 to 24.07.74 on the press TD6-7. Covers were only printed by means of the packaging machine number 6.

To end this part on the description of booklets containing stamps 0,50F Marianne de Béquet, I would like to show a rather unusual pane of booklet:
 

pane of a 20 stamps booklet with a green Scotch tape connection

 

reverse side of the above pane

 

It is a booklet pane reconstituted with a green Scotch tape connection. The top of the pane is made up of a strip of 5 albinos and the bottom of a strip of 5 normally printed stamps. We may note that both strips are very slightly moved. According to a former employee of the I.T.V.F., it would be " a join of reels of stamps on the packaging machine to remove a part damaged during the line-engraving printing ". The driver of the machine would have put damaged items without covers in a special box intended for scrap pieces. But this pane of booklet would have escaped the destruction.

Test booklets

A number of test booklets with type 2 Palissy vignettes (size 18x22,5 mm, perforated 13x13) are known. These booklets were produced for the manufacturing of booklets or the adjustment of stamp vending machines (cf. the brochure Les carnets d’essais de G. GOMEZ):
 

type C1 test booklet of 10 steel-blue Palissy stamps

 

cover of the above booklet produced on the packaging machine number 5

 

type C1 test booklet of 10 green Palissy stamps

 

cover of the above booklet produced on the packaging machine number 5

 

type C4 or C8 test booklet of 10 purple Palissy stamps

 

cover of the above booklet produced on the packaging machine number 1

 

type C5 or C9 test booklet of 20 purple Palissy stamps

 

cover of the above booklet produced on the packaging machine number 6

 

Booklets for the PTTs postal courses

Two types of booklets, without a stamp, were made for the PTTs postal courses during the period of the stamp 0,50F Marianne de Béquet. They were used by the pupils of postal worker courses to proceed to the counting of their sub-cash register, but were also intended for the adjustment of cutting machines or of booklet vending machines (cf. the brochure Les carnets d’essais de G. GOMEZ):
 

booklet of 10 stamps for the PTTs postal courses

 

booklet of 20 stamps for the PTTs postal courses