April 9, 2016

2446, 2447 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Life in Faverger at early 20th century

2446 Faverger - Peasants plowing at early 20th century

Faverges is a commune (since 2016 Faverges-Seythenex) located in south-east of France, in the glacial valley which gave birth to the Lake Annecy. It has a very rich history, that extends until the end of the ice age, when the waters of the lake joined the river Isère and the people settled the lakeshores and sunny slopes. In roman times, the vicus of Viuz was an important stop along the road which ran from Turin to Geneva. In the Middle Ages, pre-industrial metalworks were renowned for their iron and copper tools and jewelry.

2447 Faverger - Mechanical sawmill with steam at early 20th century

Numerous forges were built along the rivers from which they derived some of their energy needs. In 1811, the Faverges castle (built around 1250) was turned into a cotton-weaving factory, thus launching Faverges into the Industrial Revolution. This is a fitting heritage for a town whose name derives from the Latin faber, fabricae (manufacture). Faverges now has several important factories providing some 2,500 jobs, which is remarkable in that the commune has only some 7,000 inhabitants.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2446
The first stamp is one of the two of the Joint Issue France-Vatican City Louvre Museum - Vatican Museum, issued on November 14,2005:
• Raphael: The Annunciation - Mary (0.53 EUR) - It's on the postcard 2446
• Raphael: The Annunciation - Angel Gabriel (0.53 EUR)

The second stamp is part of the series European capitals - Berlin, designed by Pierre-André Cousin and issued on August 29, 2005:
• Brandenburg Gate (0.53 EUR)
• Remembrance Church (0.53 EUR)
• Philharmonie (0.53 EUR) - It's on the postcard 2446
• Reichstag (0.53 EUR)

On the postcard 2447
The stamps are part of the series Orchids, about which I wrote here.

Faverger - Wikipedia

Sender 2446, 2447: Nguyen Van Nghhoc
Sent from Demi-Quartier (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 01.04.2016

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