This is a publicity label for cigarettes manufactured by the Waldorf-Astoria Cigarette Company in Germany.
The company was established in 1906 and named after Johann Jakob Astoria, who was born in 1763 in Waldorf. Astoria eventually immigrated to the United States, where he became the richest man in the world.
Employing about 1,000 people in the early 1900’s, the company’s outdated production methods and a harsh global economic situation caused it to fall upon hard times. The company was liquidated in 1929.
This advertising poster stamp (c. 1911) publicizes Fay’s True Mineral Lozenges fast-acting mineral pellets (pastilles). Liquid ingredients are poured into pellet forms then dried.
The active ingredients are slowly released during chewing or sucking. They are utilized for treatment of “gegen husten” (coughs) and “heiserkeit” (hoarseness), exactly like the throat lozenges of today.
The publicity label illustrates a physician administering a Fay’s pastille to a woman.
Boot wax popularity closely parallels the rise in leather and shoe production, especially during the First and Second World Wars, which saw increased sales due to the production of army boots.
This publicity label promotes the use of Sirocco brand shoe polish and touts the ease of keeping one’s shoes in tip-top condition and appearance.
The German catch-phrase, “Kinderleicht wird mit Sirocco Glanz erzeugt” translates literally as “Child’s play is generated by Sirocco gloss,” which simply means that Sirocco gloss makes childsplay out of polishing one’s shoes.
I could find nothing in my research about the Sirocco company that manufactured the shoe wax, or when this poster stamp was in use. I would guess the 1930s-1940s would be a fair estimate.
The centenary of Sicilian stamps was celebrated in Palermo on October 16-26, 1959 at Sicilia 59, an international philatelic exhibition co-sponsored by the Unione Filatelica Siciliana, Palermo and the Italian Federation of Philatelic Societies under the patronage of the Federation Internationale de Philatelie (FIP).
Their publicity poster stamp reproduces Sicily’s 1859 issue -- the 2-grana blue imperforate stamp picturing King Ferdinand II (Scott #13g). Ferdinand, born Ferdinando Carlo in 1810 in Palermo, was King of the Two Sicilies from 1830 to 1859.
Additionally, the exhibition honored the 150th anniversary of the birth of Tommaso Aloysio Juvara (1809-1875), the noted Sicilian artist and engraver.
Quite a few countries conduct anti-tuberculosis campaigns. One of the best-known examples is the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals program that began in 1907.
The funds collected by citizen donation are used for research and treatment of lung diseases. And yet, despite these efforts, tuberculosis still is a significant health hazard in many parts of the world.
This seal was issued by the Colombian Red Cross in conjunction with the Anti-Tuberculosis League of Colombia. Unfortunately, I do not have any further information on the seal.
These poster stamps publicize the August Leonhardi Ink Company of Dresden, Germany; Tinten u. Farbbander translates as “ink and ribbon.” The stamp designs picture a boy with school bag and ink bottle.
This same design was issued in various colors, including red and blue (both pictured), green, and black.
Christian August Leonhardi’s 16th Century (1854) chemical plant in Dresden, Germany, produced Alizarine ink. Leonhardi added Alizarin dye, which gave the ink a beautiful blue-green color that when dried turned deep black.
Because it did not contain gum Arabic as other inks did, it was free flowing, indestructible and resistant to acids, fumes and time. It was perfectly suited to steel pens.
Leonhardi was born on April 29, 1805 in Langensalza, and died on Jan. 15, 1965 in Dresden. The company name, Leonhardi, survived until 1953. It currently produces ink under the trade name “Barock.”
The United Charity Institutions (UCI) of Jerusalem was founded in 1903 and raises funds to help maintain 13 institutions in Jerusalem, including libraries, schools and free kitchens.
The organization issued this charity label picturing the Israeli city of Netanya (also spelled “Nathania”), which is located in the country’s northern center district. Netanya is the capital of the Sharon Plain.
I do not know what structure is depicted on the label, or when it was issued, although I would guess it was published in the 1950s or 1960s.
UCI Jerusalem (aka “Etz Chaim Tora Center Jerusalem”) is currently located in Brooklyn, New York. It’s a private social service and welfare organization with annual revenues of $500,000+ and a staff of two. It is classified as a U.S. tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service.
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