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Tonights stamps show the French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  He did his military service in aviation before joining Aéropostale in 1926. His first novel, ‘Southern Mail’, is the fruit of his first years in aviation. From 1929 to 1939, he established air-mail lines in Argentina, where he married. At the same time, his second novel, ‘Night Flight’, won the Femina prize. After having been a fighter pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry settled in the United States where he wrote his most famous novel, ‘The Little Prince’. He participated in the American debarkation in North Africa before disappearing in his plane under circumstances which remain mysterious, on July 31, 1944

And how I found this:   As 2013 is the 70th anniversary of the publication of The Little Prince, IWC (watch maker)  has elected to produce two special editions to mark the occasion, in partnership with the writer’s estate. Offered for collectors are the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar “Le Petit Prince” (£36,500) in red gold, limited to 270 watches, and the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII Edition “Le Petit Prince” (£3,900) in stainless steel, in a limited run of 1,000. Both feature an engraving of the Little Prince on the casebacks.

Now how do I get one of those on my Christmas list I wonder!!  I cannot offer a watch as a prize but I can offer something philatelic for the first correct email telling me the name of his plane in this picture and why that name?   Enjoy reading him about him.   Here is a useful link http://www.trussel.com/saint-ex/stamps/saint-ex.htm

 

Best wishes.. Michael

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