Why the castle of Saint-Laurent-les-Tours was in the spotlight during the Stempel Festival

Why the castle of Saint-Laurent-les-Tours was in the spotlight during the Stempel Festival

During the Stamp Festival on March 9 and 10, the children of Jean-Lurçat’s school group in Saint-Laurent les Tours chose to draw their castle in stamps.

“I told them to draw freely,” explains Michel Arnaudet, director of the Jean Lurçat school group in Saint-Laurent-Les-Tours, who had his students work on the written expression of the stamp and whose works are an integral part of the exhibition that brought together about 200 people.

“Like every year, we choose a particular medium to convey a message and the stamp is very simple. We must be able to convey information in one image, on a small surface. It is like a poster, with a message that goes to the essence: why there is a price, why it is serrated, the means of transporting postage-paid mail, the developments through new technologies… the stamp also allows us to approach knowledge. It’s basically a minimalist encyclopedia! », explains with passion the man who also became a stamp collector.

“My students all spontaneously created the Château Jean Lurçat, for us it is our Eiffel Tower!”
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“I contacted the Union Philatélique du Quercy and we said that this year the theme would be around France, legend… My students all spontaneously created the Château Jean Lurçat, for us, it is our Eiffel Tower! »

Some students discovered a love for philatelic collecting

Children naturally turn to the castle when it comes to symbolizing their place in life: “When we were little we would play sports in the castle ditches, in the vineyards… Nowadays we often visit it. We always come back to it, it is the point of appeal.”

And it was in the Foyer Rural, at the foot of the castle, that both people of a certain age and young people came in large numbers to appreciate this very rich exhibition, which presented both rare stamps and antique postcards: “J I have two or three students whose curiosity has been aroused and who have discovered a taste for collecting, in the end it is so easy to implement!”

Jean-Jacques Pestel, President of the Union Philatélique du Quercy, founded together with the La Poste group since 1938, was able to award a reward to our aspiring artists who created stamp models for the 87th edition of the Fête du Stamp,
in the hope that the club’s appeal will be revived for the younger generations.

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