The Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco (Italy) is the highest mountain of the European Alps and Western Europe. The mountain massif lies between the regions of Aosta Valley (Italy) and Haute-Savoie (France).
The first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc was on 8 August 1786 by Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard.
France 1937, Chamonix, Mont Blanc.
Italy 1944, issued by Comitati di Liberazione Nazionale.
The image shows a view the Monte Bianco.
(not listed in Michel and Scott)
CLN stands for 'Comitati di Liberazione Nazionale' or Committee for National Liberation. At the end of the Second World War, a number of towns in Northern Italy issued their own stamps, also overprinted stamps. In some case these were little more than propaganda issues to raise funds from philatelists.
(existing perforated and imperforated)
France 1956, Aiguille du Midi.
The Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m) is a summit in the Mont Blanc massif.
The cable car to Aiguille du Midi, the Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi, was built in 1955 and held at that time the title of the world's highest cable car. It still holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, from 1'035 m to 3'777 m. The Aiguille summit station has several terraces, where visitors have the spectacular view of the French, Italian Alps and Swiss Alps.
The world's highest cable is the Teleférico de Mérida in Venezuela, it opened in 1960 but closed in the year 2008, but a brand new system re-opened in October 2016. The highest terminus station of a cable car in Europe at 3'820 metres is the cable car to the Klein Matterhorn (3'883 m) in the Zermatt area (Switzerland).
France 1956, Alpinisme.
The Aiguille Verte 4'122 m and Aiguille Dru (3'754 m) in the background.
(view from south-west)
The stamp exists overprinted "CFA" for Reunion.
“CFA” means Colonie Francaise Afrique.
Reunion was a colony of France and began to issue their own stamps in 1865. It became an equal partner in the French Republic in 1947, and began to use stamps of France overprinted “CFA” for postage. In 1975, stamps of France replaced those inscribe or overprint “CFA”.
The Aiguille Verte is one of the most beautiful peaks of the Mont Blanc massif and rises in great majesty opposite Montevers up to a height of 4'122 metres. The mountain was first climbed on 29th June 1865 by Edward Whymper, Christian Almer and Franz Biner.
Switzerland United Nations 1960
Palais des Nations in Geneva and the Mont Blanc Massif in the background.
San Marino 1962, Dent du Géant or Dente del Gigante 4'013 m.
Dent du Géant (giant's tooth) is a peak in the Mont Blanc massif.
It has two summits, separated by a small col, Pointe Graham (4’013 m) and Pointe Sella (4’009 m).
The stamp was issued in the series "Alpinism".
The first recorded ascents
Pointe Graham: 20.08.1882 by W. W. Graham with guides Auguste Cupelin and Alphonse Payot.
Poine Sella: 28.7.1882 by Jean Joseph Maquignaz with son Baptiste Maquignaz and nephew, Daniel Maquignaz.
France 1965, Opening Mont Blanc Tunnel.
Italy 1965, Opening Mont Blanc Tunnel.
Italy 1965. Opening Mont Blanc Tunnel.
(Traforo del Monte Bianco)
The Mont Blanc Tunnel linking Chamonix (France) and Courmayeur (Italy) and was completed in 1965. It opened 19th July 1965 and is 11'611 metres long.
The label in the center of the miniaturesheet shows a view from Geneva (Switzerland) towards the Mont Blanc Massif,
Existing perforated and imperforated, the imperforaded blocks are numbered (8500 blocks).
The Jet d'Eau is a large fountain in Geneva, Switzerland. It is also one of the largest fountain in the world. Five hundred litres of water per second are jetted to an altitude of 140 metres.
Hungary 1974, Mont Blanc on label, as seen from Geneva (Switzerland) (block existing imperforated as well, the imperforaded blocks are numbered (8500 blocks)
I Olympic Winter Games 1924 in Chamonix.
The stamp image features a poster what has become the de-facto official poster of the 1924 Winter sports festival in the French Alps, which was retroactively awarded the title as the first Winter Olympiad. It was designed by the French poster artist Auguste Matisse.
It seems, that the alpine winter landscape is showing the Aiguille du Goûter of the Mont Blanc massif.
The stamps was issued in the series "Olympic Winter Games 1924 - 1972".
France 1977, Rhone Alps.
France 1984, 25th Congrès International de Géographie - Paris-Alpes.
Mont Blanc massif.
France 1986, Jubilee "200 Years First Ascent of Mont Blanc" (stamp existing imperforated as well) The first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc was on 8 August 1786 by Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard.
Monaco 1986, "200 Years First Ascent of Mont Blanc"
On the right Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard.
In the foreground Henri Louis Frédéric de Saussure (27.11.1829 – 20.02.1905). He was a Swiss mineralogist and alpinist. He made the First Ascent in 1789 of The Klein Matterhorn, 3'883 metres.
In 1760 Henri Louis Frédéric de Saussur visited Chamonix, and offered a reward to the first man to reach the summit of Mont Blanc. He made an unsuccessful attempt himself in 1785. In the year 1787 Saussure himself made together with Jaques Balmat the third ascent of Mont Blanc.
Madagarcar 1989, "Olympic Wintergames Albertville".
(perforated and imperforated)
The illustration is showing the Mont Blanc massif seen from the Little St. Bernard Pass (Col Petit Saint Bernard). Do not confuse with Great St. Berhard Pass and San Bernardino Pass. The Little St. Bernard Pass is a mountain pass between France and Italy at the south of the Mont Blanc massif.