November 10, 2016

2862 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Corbel

Corbel is a Savoyard commune, located in the Chartreuse massif, with a population of 138 inhabitants (2011). It is composed of 13 hamlets and rises at altitudes ranging from 470m, to the edge of the river Guiers Vif to the south, up to 1618m, to the summit of La Cochette to the north. Two mountains of the Chartreuse Mountains are located on the territory of the township: Roche Veyrand (1356 m) and Thivelet (1231m). The town of Corbel (845m), the center of the township, is located on the east side of Thivelet.

In the 18th century, the township's population grew from 260 inhabitants in 1755, to 555 in 1801. In the 19th century, the township was relatively poor and populated. Famine often threatened Corbelains because the earth only allowed to grow oats and potatoes. The main resource was the trade, including the export of timber. From 1850, with the creation of the road to Chambéry, the township depopulated. In the 20th century, the wealth of the township increased progressively.

The church of Corbel dates from the 13th century, but it was renovated in the 18th century. It features Arcabas's stained glasses from the 20th century (1997). In the town, some basins (fountains) cut in the stone are very famous. Ovens of different hamlets are also significant and have their specificities. The views over the Chartreuse are countless on the heights of Corbel; can be seen in particular the Ruchère, the Grand Som or the Crête des Eparres.

About the stamps

The first stamp, designed by by Claude Durrens, was issued on April 24, 1967 to mark the Montreal International Exhibition.

The second stamp is part of the series 40th Anniversary of the Liberation, designed by Pierre Béquet, and issued on May 9, 1984.
• The Resistance (2.00 FRF)
• The Landing (3.00 FRF) - It's on the postcard 2862

The last stamp is part of the large series Nature of France, issued in several series between 1983 and 2003.

1990.10.06 - Nature of France - Freshwater fishes
2663 - Common roach / Rutilus rutilus (2.00 FRF)
2664 - Perch / Perca fluviatilis (3.00 FRF) - It's on the postcard 2862
2665 - Atlantic Salmon / Salmo salar (4.00 FRF)
2666 - Pike / Esox lucius (5.00 FRF)

Corbel, Savoie - Wikipedia

Sender: Shadakaspie
Sent from Corbel (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 29.10.2016 

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