Happy Bastille Day, everyone! Otherwise known as French National Day, Bastille Day is celebrated every year on July 14 to commemorate the beginning of France’s historic revolution. On this date in 1789, revolutionaries stormed the Bastille fortress and prison in Paris. Since then, this day has come to symbolize Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité (Freedom, Equality, and Brotherhood) the world over.
In 1989, USPS joined France’s La Poste in issuing stamps that marked the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. And just last month we teamed up again for a joint issuance that celebrates our shared cultural history—the Miles Davis and Edith Piaf (Forever®) stamps. Edith Piaf is one of few French popular singers to become a household name in the U.S.; the great American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is beloved in France, where he performed frequently.
Davis was made a Chevalier in the Legion of Honor. He was also awarded the Grande Médaille de Vermeil by the city of Paris (the equivalent of making him an honorary citizen). Americans may know Edith Piaf best for her song “La Vie en Rose” (“Life in Pink”), about the experience of falling in love and seeing life through rose-colored glasses; the tune is still heard on the streets of Paris today.
This year, to celebrate Bastille Day, why not relax with some music by Miles Davis and Edith Piaf?
To see all USPS joint issues, including the 1986 Statue of Liberty and 1983 American Bicentennial with La Poste, visit Beyond the Perf.
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