Proofs of the 1902 issues stolen from the State Printing Works by enemy troops during WW1?
Close enough but not proofs as these are relatively common and I have had several full sets I asked the railway expert at the Belgium Phil. Soc. about these stamps He said there were 2 causes. 1. The workers were owed a lot of back pay in 1913 and they sold full sheets to dealers - he felt this was a weak theory 2. The plant where the stamps were produced is Malines -(Mechelen) located Northeast of Brussels. In 1914 upon hearing that the Germans were near, the workers abandoned the plant. The Germans found large quantities of unfinished sheets and they sold them to dealers. COB - the Belgium catalog did list them some time ago. So that would make them genuine but never issued ..??
Now I would advance a 3rd theory that the Germans confiscated the printing plates and these were actually private reprints as the paper appears slightly different from the "originals" - therefore that would make them forgeries. This is how German and Russian auction sites portray them.
Post by Gordon Lee on Oct 25, 2019 12:59:16 GMT -5
Greetings Mr. sforgca, . What we have here is fractional or postage currency. . Fractional or postage currency has a rich history. At the beginning of the Civil War people starting hoarding coins for their precious metal content. Coins became difficult to find because of the hoarding. People started to try to use stamps instead of coins as a means of commerce. The government decided to help ease the hoarding issue by issuing “paper coins” also known as postage currency or fractional currency. Fractional currency was first issued on August 21, 1862 and they were last issued on February 15, 1876. Three cents, five cents, ten cents, twenty-five cents, and fifty cents notes were all issued. Fractional currency is physically smaller than other United States money. It also does not have a serial number. . The first design of fractional currency was supposed to be very easy to use for the general public. They were issued for the 5, 10, 25, and 50 cent denomination. They were printed between August 21, 1862 and May 29, 1863. The five cent note has a picture of a five cent stamp. The same goes for the ten cent note which has a picture of a ten cent stamps. There were no 25 or 50 cents stamps in the 1860s, so each of those notes had multiple pictures of lower denominations. You can see why this type of money was originally called postage currency. . Respectfully,
Ok here is a easy one, post a picture if you ever owned one of these. ( please only if you have over 50 posts) If not then post a picture of your first album for a nice prize.
Yup, I have the exact same book ... It was actually my first one back in 1974. I know I still have it.. will look and post a pic for you. Was going through old posts and checking on what I missed while gone. Found this ... It put a smile on my face which hurt like hell as I do not have the stitches out yet.
Greetings Mr. sforgca, . I spent an hour looking for information about this "Patriotic Recruitment Gift Certificate" and did not find anything conclusive. I know the Third of May is Poland's Independence Day, and I recognized Andy Kosciuszko and the American and Polish flags, but the "Wychodzctwo Ojcznie" (Homeland Emigration) really threw me off. Side Note: I spent a quarter of a century looking at Kosciuszko's statue in Washington, DC. That statue is located between the White House and the building in which I worked. . Is there an URL where this "Gift Certificate" is explained? Also, your original is green and the other is blue. Did they print them in different colors? . Respectfully,
A difficult one to find Part of 1920- Poland East Silesia issues Prepared by the Polish National Council for the Duchy of Cieszyn. as with many in those uncertain times, politics, war and changing geographies prevented it's release
A tough one After the 1872 North Pole expedition, the stamp dealer/forger Friedl fabricated a series of Bogus stamps in 1874 in the hopes of taking advantage of the event not celebrated by the Hungarian P.O.
Who issued it? Any purpose of the stamp? It is not a Cinderella or Bogus issue
Partial excerpt from the History of the Post At the outset the chief post office of the area, at Kaprun, 4 miles from the Alpenhaus, objected to the use of stamps, but after somewhat prolonged negotiations the post office agreed to recognize the use of the stamps as proper payment of the established fee of 5 groschen charged by the hotels for the carriage of letters to the post office.
It is a cinderella, a local post stamp stamp issued by the Kesselfall-Alpenhaus hotel in Austria. The hotel was too remote for regular Austrian postal service, and this stamp paid for service to take your mail from the hotel to the nearest Austrian post office. As it is not an issue of Austria Post, it would be considered a cinderella, just as other private local post stamps are, such as Rattlesnake Island local post stamps.
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