France & Colonies Philatelic Society
The France & Colonies Group was organized in 1941 by seventeen philatelists who were interested in the stamps and postal history of France and the French Community. It was incorporated in 1961 as the FRANCE AND COLONIES PHILATELIC SOCIETY, INC. (New York, nonprofit). Since then, the society has been home for the many collectors who enjoy, study, exhibit, and otherwise appreciate French philately The Society's interest in French philately includes the Colonies, Offices Abroad, Monaco, Europa, Territories, and New Independent Republics. Our goal is to add to your knowledge and pleasure of collecting through meetings, exhibits, and publications.

Meeting at Rocky Mountain Stamp Show in 2021
Our society is planning its annual meeting to be at the Rocky Mountain Stamp Show in Denver, Colorado on May 28-30, 2021. It will include a variety of learning opportunities available to all interested collectors. More details will be provided early in 2021.

The Society is nonprofit and not commercial. Membership is open to anyone interested in this field, subject to acceptance by the Membership Committee.

Current dues are noted on the Membership Application Form. There are two membership categories: Resident Members, for those residing within the United States, and Foreign Members, for those residing in all other countries. The slightly higher membership fee for Foreign Members is to offset overseas mailing costs. Applications received before September 1 are treated as current year-applications-such new members will receive back issues of FRANCE AND COLONIES PHILATELIST for that year and will be billed for renewal dues for the next calendar year.

Informal meetings of the Society often are held, usually on the first Tuesday of the month (except July and August), at 6:00 PM at The Collectors Club, 22 East 35th Street, New York City. Programs usually consist of display and discussion of specialized philatelic material from France and Colonies by members or a guest speaker. Other meetings of the Society are held at national-level stamp shows and will be noted in the show literature.

Of major importance is the medal-winning quarterly journal, FRANCE AND COLONIES PHILATELIST, which is mailed free to all members. It contains illustrated articles by writers expert in their fields, news, notes of interest, and bibliographic reviews. It is the only English-language publication in the United States devoted entirely to French area philately. No outside subscriptions are accepted. An INDEX for 40 years of publication (1941-1980) is available. Members' Appeals, seeking needed stamps or other material, publications, or offerings for sale or exchange, are carried in the PHILATELIST at no charge to members.

Periodically the Society publishes books and pamphlets on original studies, catalogs on the philately and postal history of France and Colonies, and other related items. These may be ordered from the Corresponding Secretary using the Publication Order Form. In honor of the late Dr. Charles J, Vaurie, a charter member of the Society and the first editor of the PHILATELIST, the Vaurie Memorial Fund was established in 1976. The Fund is used to subsidize many of our publications. It is a revolving fund, with proceeds of the sale of current works used to subsidize future works. Publication No. 4 in this series, THE BORDEAUX ISSUE by Ruth and Gardner Brown, is our most ambitious effort to date. The only major publication in English in this field, it summarizes all that is currently known about this most intriguing issue.