‘Personalities of Luxembourg’ stamp series

On the 27th of September the Luxembourg Post issued a series of stamps dedicated to the famous Luxembourgers - Nicolas Frantz (1899-1985), Jean Soupert (1834-1910) and Anne Beffort (1880-1966).

The Luxembourger Nicolas Frantz was a famous titled racing cyclist. In the course of his 12-years professional career (1923 to 1934) he got 60 victories. In 1929, Nicolas Frantz took fifth place in the Tour de France and won two stages. Frantz won Paris-Brussels in 1927 and Paris-Tours in 1929. He twice finished in the top three of the world championships. He later became the sports manager of Charly Gaul's first national team in the Tour de France.

Jean Soupert was a grower of roses. With Pierre Notting, also a nursery grower, Jean Soupert launched, in 1855, their own new rose business, "Soupert & Notting" in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg. From 1856, the new roses developed: "Tour de Malakoff", "La Noblesse" and "Duc de Constantine" (1857), achieved great success. Of the numerous medals won at international competitions in France, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom, and the USA.

Anne Beffort participated in the creation of the first public school for young girls which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2010. Anne Beffort published numerous articles in the daily press and in Luxembourg magazines, sensitizing public opinion on French-Luxembourg cultural relations. In 1937, she was the co-founder of the Friends of the Victor Hugo House Association in Vianden. Since 2003 the "Anne Beffort" prize is awarded each year by the Town of Luxembourg to a person or organisation working in the domain of equal opportunity between men and women.

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