Home   Ald   Ant   Bel1   Bel2   Bel3   Bel4   Bel5   Bel6   Bhu   Bot   Bul   Can1   Can2   CAR   Cha   Com   Con   Cze   Dis   Dom1   Dom2   Dom3   Fin   Fra1   Fra2   Fra3   Fra4   Fra5   Fra6   Fun   Ger   GB1   GB2   GB3   GB4   GB5   GB6   GB7   GB8   GB9   GB10   Gue   Gui1   Gui2   Gui3   Gui4   GuiB   Guy   Hun   Ind   Isr   Jap1   Jap2   Jap3   Jap4   Liec   Mal   Man1   Man2   Mon1   Mon2   Neth   NZ   Nic   Nig   ROC   San1   San2   Sao   SH   Sier   Sol   Som   SAfr   Spa1   Spa2   Swe   Swi1   Swi2   TC   Uga   US1   US2   US3   US4   US5   US6   US7   Addenda  



Georges Simenon

Feb. 13, 1903 (Liege, Belgium) -
Sept. 4, 1989 (Lausanne, Switzerland)

Inspector Maigret

27.66×38.40mm (1.1×1.5")

38.15×48.75mm (1.5×1.9")

27.66×38.40mm (1.1×1.5")
April 28, 2003

perf 11½
rotagravure on polyvalent-phosphorescent paper
designed by Myriam Voz & Thierry Martin

Three stamps honoring Georges Simenon, creator of Inspector Maigret, were issued in 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniveresary of Simenon's birth.

The 0,49 shows Jean Gabin in a poster for the film Maigret tend un piège.

The 0,59 shows a poster with Gabin and Simone Signoret for the film Le Chat.

Designers' Comments
"Pour ces deux affiches que nous avons dû reprendre dans leur version originale évidemment, nous avons retravaillé au niveau des couleurs, pas au niveau du dessin", explique Thierry Martin.

"Nous avons souhaité une mise en scène de cinéma avec une lumière typique au cinéma. Pour ce faire, le côté gauche est blanc et vire peu à peu au noir, au fur et à mesure que l'on va vers la droite du timbre", ajoute-t-il. Quant aux éléments qui ont guidé le choix de l'affiche du film Le chat, Myriam Vos évoque le fait que cette affiche est bilingue et qu'Annie Cordy figure parmi les acteurs.

"C'est un clin d'oeil pour la Belgique", note la dessinatrice.

"For these two posters which we obviously had to use in their original versions, we reworked them at the color level, not the design level," explains Thierry Martin.

"We wanted a cinematic production, with the typical lighting of the movies. To do that, we made the left side white, shading little by little towards black, moving to the right of the stamp," he adds. As for what guided the choice of the poster of Le Chat, Myriam Vos cites the fact that this poster is bilingual and that the Belgian actress Annie Cordy is in the film.

"It's a tip of the hat to Belgium," notes the designer.

The 0,84 is a photo of Georges Simenon at his typewriter in a souvenir sheet with a single stamp.

The background of the souvenir sheet
is a photograph of the Quai des Orfèvres
by Jean-Pierre Ducatez.

The 0,49 and 0,59 stamps were issued in mini-sheets of ten stamps. (Thanks, Helen!)


The PRIOR tab on 0,49 euro stamps is for letters mailed within Belgium. For this priority mail, delivery is promised during the next workday if the mail is at the post office by closing time. Normal postage is 0,41 euros, delivery within three working days.


According to the Belgian Postal Service website, these stamps were scheduled to go on presale
at Centre Culturel de Sclessin, rue des Beaux Arts 4, 4000 Liège and Scheppersinstituut,
Cooppallaan 12, 9230 Wetteren between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday, 26 April 2003.

first day covers


1000 imperforates were issued. They were given as gifts to Belgian Post management, ministers and royalty in Belgium, who, according to their importance, received single stamps or blocks of four.

first day sheet

click for back of sheet


Visit my Inspector Maigret pages...