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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 15:07:45 pm 
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I've never seen these before. I've done some Googling and searching here but haven't found anything.

I have learned that F.N.C.P.G. / C.A.T.M. stands for Federation Nationale des Combattants Prisonniers de Guerre et Combattants d'Algerie, Tunisie, Moroc, which roughly translates to National Federation of Veteran Prisoners of War and Veterans of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

I am speculating that these were sold or handed out as souvenirs at reunions or commerative events many years later.

But do any of our French experts know for certain and can you share any other pertinent information?

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I'm no French expert but Delcampe has a similar item that might give a clue.

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http://www.delcampe.net/page/item/id,80051377,var,VIGNETTES-FNCPG-1952-1953-1954-1956-SUR-CARTE-FEDERATION-NATIONALE-DES-COMBATTANTS-PRISONNIERS-DE-GUERRE,language,E.html

edit: should read "had" - sold in 2010

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That's an interesting piece. Thanks for posting it.

I put the text from the lower right box into Google translate (my own French is too weak) and it produced:

Ton journal le P.G. te defend => Your journal the P.G. defend you

Abonne tol => subscribe ("tol" didn't translate)

Hopefully a fluent French speaker can put it into clearer English for us.

And now I'm wondering whether perhaps these labels were to evidence active membership for the year indicated? Sort of like a tax stamp?

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Abonne tol => subscribe ("tol" didn't translate)
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It's Abonne toi - an exhortation to subscribe. (As in 'Assayez-vous', an exhortation to sit down.)

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Thank you norvic.

I actually wondered if it was supposed to be "toi." But it sure appears to be "tol" on the item above - perhaps just a type-setting error.

The mystery of what the labels actually were used for remains open.

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It looks like you got a membership card when you joined with a stamp for each year to show you were up to date.

Italy had a very similar system for members of the Fascist party, also with special stamps.

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