I was wondering if there is any way to contact their estates respectively, in regards to being able to place his life's work on line back on line...
Once the site goes down from lack of financial support, it is basically impossible to revive it. The original host generally removes the files after a time. Sometimes you can access all or part of the site through Internet Archives but in the case of the ones I dealt with they are not available. I saw the auctions and the lots went for large sums - a few hundred thousand for all the lots together - not in my league. I doubt the buyers had the intention of continuing their work as many of the stamps were rare and some forgeries were unique which can make them valuable.
That is too bad. It is a shame to lose such knowledge... no matter... I feel as though you would be able to rekindle these works. And I have a feeling that some of your forgeries are just as rare and just as grand to view. Only, don't let your work be for naught. Get it done and published. I know I will not stop until mine is typed up and at the publishers It is done, but it is not yet fully transcribed in the type written work. Most of it is still flowing around my desk, hand written, however I have already told my wife where to find all the bits and pieces just in case this last bout in the hospital was my last... I am happy to report... it was not Thank you once again for the great work and knowledge you freely give to us here. I know I speak for more than myself when I say... Thank you. Your contributions have been and are priceless.
What a wonderful post. The only forgeries I collect are Nova Scotia. I have a nice collection of these stamps. I have been seeing more forgeries come up for sale on EBay in the last months. I have very little knowledge of the different forgeries. A little bit of of a research project for me.
Most collectors are probably aware that post offices all over are losing billions in postage counterfeits every year. The US calculates $60 Billion lost in the past 10 years and no plan to stop it or apparently even being very interested. The online auctions and small grocery stores have lots of offers of bogus coil rolls and full sheets for slightly discouted prices - usually about 10% off so as not to attract attention. These stamps are getting very sophisticated and even include micro-printing.
So much for fake current general postage stamps that have low interest for most collectors.
What about stamps from 1900 to 1980 that collectors look for. They have not been forgotten and the internet has lots of "modern" forgeries not to be confused with the classics of 1850 onward. These modern forgeries made their debut around 1995 and were called Hialeah forgeries for their source in Florida. It is possible that initially these came from Peter Winter who made forgeries in the 1980's and later new ones were produced in Hialeah. Hialeah specialized in fake overprints with many on genuine stamps as well as on forgeries. Overprints tend to be a challenge in determining authenticity. The favorite target was the German Marshall Islands G.R.I overprints. This site provides a lot of information.
Around 2003 "Hialeah" attempted to sell the "business" and posted ads on auction sites with asking prices of $35-$50,000.
The sale include large quantities of rubber stamps, image CDs and finished sheets
There is no record that the sale was successful but a few years later a more troublesome group emerged .......
The new forgeries have become known as the "Maryland Forgeries" due to their apparent source They are quite good for Lithos. They are sold as Forgeries but where they will eventually end up is anyone's guess. The seller(s) ask anywhere from $5 to $25 for them and sales are very good The range of countries and topics is remarkable
Not to disrupt your flow, but do you have any forgery info for Allied Military Government stamps, particularly the overprints. If so, could you put it in your "queue"? I never filtered k's AMG album for forgeries, although I already know there are 1-2 stamps that aren't correctly identified on those pages.
do you have any forgery info for Allied Military Government stamps, particularly the overprints.
I really don't bother with much past 1940 especially overprints that can be quite difficult without precise measurements I have a 100 page book dedicated to just the slanted Berlin ovpt. The only AMG stamps I made note of were the Thobe and Winter forgeries
The left one is a Thobe forgery, right is original There are many little background discrepancies like the wider letters on the forgery left but the easy key is the dot in the A It should be a well defined triangle as in the right one
There is definitely interest from this collector. I have enjoyed all your posts of these stamps. they make me go digging to see if I have any of them. I do from time to time find one or two. In some cases I find an original and the rest are forgeries.
I look forward to seeing more in the future. Thanks for posting these.
Placido Torres, not well known but perhaps the most prolific of the forgers. He often included word "errors" in his forgeries perhaps on purpose, The exact same stamps were also made without the errors. A little test of perception - see if you can spot the errors - not in the design as they are only average quality forgeries
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