Post by mourningdoves on Jul 20, 2020 16:35:12 GMT -5
Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's a revenue stamp. I always wonder if quasistamps and parastamps are Cinderellas, but
a) this one looks kinda official, like a revenue stamp, and b) it says MAPKA on it, which I've never seen on a Cinderella. Not that I've seen that many Bulgarian Cinderellas anyway, or, now that I think about it, parastamps or covers in general compared to the rest of southeastern Europe.
Some stamps that look like that mean you've paid your taxes or you've paid the fees on a property transfer or whatever. How's that for being vague? But I'm reasonably sure that a stamp in that general domain is whatcha got. I will take a guess that it was issued in 1938 or late 1937, too .
Yeah, revenue stamps are classified as cinderellas. But some revenue stamp collectors scoff at the idea.
I think those are sometimes referred to as the Gerbova issues. I assume based on the inscription "ГЕРБОВА МАРКА" or "Coat of Arms"; ГЕРБОВА=GERBOVA. It's a whole series of various designs showing the Coat of Arms in the 1930s and 1940s, and inscribed "ГЕРБОВА МАРКА".
Here are a couple of Italy stamps that have the same design as the first Parcel Post stamps. These stamps are not Perf. 14 and the colors dont match any of the Parcel Post stamps in the Scott Catalog. Also these two stamps are printed on heavy paper like a cardstock.
I don't know why they sometimes canceled the postal card on the stamp and sometimes they didn't. Maybe one of our European or postal card collectors can explain. The additional postage is always canceled. I've noticed that normal postage stamps were also used to pay the additional postage -- not just parcel post stamps.
Post by mourningdoves on Jul 25, 2020 21:02:16 GMT -5
kacyds , I don't have access to a specialized El Salvador catalogue and I'm not sure one exists. My first guess would be that some enterprising dealer got hold of a few sheets of #286, made up an overprint that looked like other overprints in a postal era that was laden with them, and sold them off as rare varieties. Spurious-overprint creation was a cottage industry in Costa Rica - I know because I've got about 100 of them! Maybe it was a hobby for some people, y'know? Like découpage. I don't have to blame sketchy stamp dealers for everything.
The overprint is rather crude compared to some I've seen; the Salvadorans usually did a pretty nice job on their overprints unless they were in a real hurry. That might support my theory or might work in the favor of the khj local-revenue theory. Which is why my second guess would be to wait until Kim comes back with an answer . I wish I'd actually seen a few Salvadoran revenue stamps at some point, but I haven't seen enough to be able to recognize a pattern.
I couldn't find anything in Forbin or online. Sorry. I don't have the reference "Revenue Stamps of El Salvador" by Ross.
mourningdoves makes valid points. Its quality makes fake a definite possibility, or equally a locally manufactured surcharge -- note the right 6 is noticeably lower, so we're probably looking at a hastily made handstamp or outright fake. Maybe email a pic to Barefoot and ask them.
The reason I posited revenue, is because the cancel "looks" like a revenue cancel rather than a postal cancel. While El Salvador had printed revenue stamps, these revenue clerks are always finding a way to get the document processed and out of the way.
Me? Just looking for an excuse not to call it a fake...
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