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Proposed Anglo-French Union issue (1940)

Following the outbreak of the Second World War, and the resulting greater co-operation between Britain and France, there were many calls for a joint stamp issue, perhaps a stamp valid in either nations or a common design.

Correspondence on the proposal began between the Postmaster General Major G.C. Tryon and M. Jules Julien, the French Minister of Posts, in January 1940. By mid-February the idea had been put to King George VI, who gave his approval.

The French invited Henry Cheffer to prepare a design which was amended by Edmund Dulac.

By May 1940 the design was complete, and final approval was sought from the GPO, PTT, George VI and President Lebrun, with a view to issuing the stamps on 2nd September 1940.

However at the time the Germans were advancing through Europe and France was looking increasingly vulnerable. On 17 June 1940, it was announced that the French government had sought an armistice with Nazi Germany so the joint stamp issue was abandoned.