September 19, 2016

2760 LAOS - Laotian staff at the Colonial Exhibition in Marseille in 1906

2760 Alfred Raquez and staff of Laotian section
at the Colonial Exhibition in Marseille in 1906

In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century in many European countries (but also in the United States, Australia, South Africa etc.) were organized colonial exhibitions, intended to show the people of the Metropolis the different facets of the colonies. They gave rise to dramatic reconstructions of natural environments and monuments of Africa, Asia or Oceania. In that period the colonial empire of France was the second, behind that of the Brittish Empire.

The Colonial Exhibition in Marseilles in 1906 was the third colonial exhibition in France after that of Rouen in 1896 and that of Rochefort-sur-Mer in 1898. Fifty palaces or pavilions were raised to either side of a large central tree-lined avenue starting from the roundabout Prado. A large greenhouse with imposing size, 40 m long and 10 m wide, was built near the main entrance, as home to exotic plants. This colonial exhibition held from April 15 to November 18, and was a great success.

From this exhibition could not miss Alfred Raquez (1865-1907), traveler, writer and photographer, native from Marseille, known for its links with French Indochina, and especially with Laos. Some of his photos was issued on postcards as Raquez Series, composed of 150 cards divided into 6 series. Each series includes 25 numbered cards is distinguished by the letters A, B, C, D, E and F. These postcards, published by Imprimeries Reunies de Nancy, were printed in black, but they are also found colored.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Antiquity of Laos, issued on November 11, 2014. The last stamp is part of the series National Day,abput which I wrote here.

Exposition coloniale de Marseille (1906) (french) - Wikipedia
Alfred Raquez (french) - Wikipedia

Sender: Pumipat
Sent from Vientiane (Vientiane Prefecture / Laos), on 22.08.2016

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