Catholic University of Angers, France


The bee comes from the seal of Monseigneur Freppel (1827-1891), bishop of Angers and founder of the university in 1875.

The bee is used as a mark for the university as a comparison with a hive: active and rich in its labour. The bee is found on the frontage of the building and on some documents. Unfortunately the bee is no longer used on the machine franking stamp.

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The device on the seal of Mgr. Freppel is "sponte favor, aegre spicula". Translated: the honey for the taste, the sting for the regret.

by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee" 1/2004 
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