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In 1892 labels with the inscription 'COLIS POSTAUX' were issued, 3 types exist: 'APPORT A LA GARE' (25 c brown on yellow), 'VALEUR DECLAREE' (10 c red, exists imperforate) and 'LIVRAISON PAR EXPRES' (25 c green):

Similar stamps were issued for Algeria.

1901 Train

Reseau d'etat 5 c black, non issued railway parcel stamp
(Reseau d'etat, train)

Non issued railway parcel post stamps (1901), inscription ' Reseau d'etat', the following values exist: 5 c grey, 10 c green, 20 c red, 50 c blue, 1 F violet and 2 F brown.

Other examples:

0.15 lilac
(Colis Postal Majoration)

The above stamp was issued in 1918 and exists in the values: 5 c black, 15 c lilac, 35 c red, 50 c violet and 1 F yellow. I have also seen the values 20 c lilac and 2 F blue (non-issued?). Some overprints were made in 1926, example:

1926 issue, examples:

(Reduced size)

('B' and 'C' overprint)'

'A' overprint
'D' overprint
'A' and 'D' overprint, reduced sizes

Inscription 'SOCIETE NATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER FRANCAIS', with image of an approaching train:

The above stamps with an approaching train are not very rare. I've seen the following values: 1 F black, 2 F lilac, 3 F grey, 4 F black (all smaller design), 5 F blue, 6 F red, 7 F violet, 8 F olive, 9 F blue, 10 F red, 20 F green, 30 F lilac, 30 F grey, 40 F olive, 50 F orange, 60 F red, 70 F grey(?), 80 F green, 90 F blue, 100 F black, 100 F brown, 100 F red, 100 F yellow, 200 F green (two shades), 500 F orange and 1000 F orange.

Other design:

Another design (train on a bridge):

(SNCF Colis Postal Remboursement)

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