They were printed by the Chasepot Printing Works in Paris by order of the First Dashnak Government early in 1920. The series has 10 values with the low values printed in 1 pass and the high values in 2 passes. A part of the order of the lower values was delivered to Erivan in November but not in time to be brought into use. The remainder of the printing of the low values together with all the high values was used by the Dashnak Government exiled in Paris to raise funds from the stamp trade.
Puerto Rico 1893 Columbus Anniversary Issue Unusual as a departure from stamps featuring Spanish royals But more unusual in that it was ONLY valid for 1 day and only for internal use. The resulting demand and value was not lost on forgers.
C.L. Griffiths who published the Fiji Times Express, needed a postal service to distribute his newspaper the Samoa Times that first appeared October 6, 1 877. Rates to various countries were published along with the necessary information to use the service. All of the Express stamps from 1879 on were lithographed in various printings. Each year for the first three years a new set of stones was prepared Each of these groups of printings has been called a “Type” or “State”. Three states of the normal values were prepared. A fourth state was introduced for a new value, the 9d, which was used for postage about a year before the post office closed. As most of the population was not literate and likewise had little contact off the island, few stamps were required or used. Covers are quite rare. The Express post office closed on August 31 , 1881. Postal history on these stamps is difficult to piece together as many of the great collections were lost by war, fire and earthquake (San Francisco 1906)
The rarity of the originals is not expressed in the CV's. The overwhelming number of reprints, remainders and forgeries have had a negative effect on their value
29 May, 1921 Semi-Official Airmail Stamps These may be considered precursors to official Polish airmail issues. These large labels, inscribed "AERO-TARG:POZNAN,192!" ("Air Mart; Poznan, 1921"), have attached labels with the letters "T.A.B.R.O.M.I .K.". This is an advertisement for the liqueur Firm of " Tadeusz Bronislaw Mikolajczyk which organized the event. Although not a Government issue, letters with this private issue were accepted by the Post Office. 50,000 sets were printed and they were valid until June 17, 1921.
Finland 1856 Issue This is one of the simple but true classics of European philately. Very few will ever own an original. As with other rare stamps, the demand resulted in a host of forgeries (some 30+ variations) and several official and unauthorized reprints. This issue appears to be common on general auction sites but almost all are forgeries and often are reprints on the higher profile auctions.
Armenia - 1921 First Yessayan Issue The first illustrated stamps of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic (ASSR) were printed in the Constantinople printing press owned by a Mr. Yessayan. The first stamps reached Yerevan in the end of 1921. To cover the cost of the printing, Yessayan kept 40% of the stamps and with the right to sell them. The stamps all have so-called “secret markings”, but it is doubtful these were anti-forgery marks but rather they were probably guide marks or errors that were not removed.
Poland Przedbórz 1917-18 A local (Warsaw) philatelic entrepreneur named Solomon Abramsohn who would also be involved with the locals in Zarki saw an opportunity for local delivery stamps. He persuaded Peter Franczak, the local postmaster and a member of the town council, to start a local mail delivery service with stamps. The philatelic demand resulted in a predicted "unauthorized" production of huge proportions
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Estonia Airmails Forgeries 1920-25 One of the oldest regular air mail services in the world, the Estonian air mail originates from the so-called "Ice-flights" during the winter of 1920. Due to an exceptionally cold winter, the Gulf of Finland froze and made mail transport by ship impossible. The Estonian postal administration was forced to transport mail by air fromTallinn to Helsinki. The air mail stamps were used to cover the special air mail fee only, and required regular stamps to cover the regular postage. The stamps were formally invalidated December 31, 1923 and replaced with proper airmail issues (Sc C9 - C18).
Who collects forgeries? Sometimes I hear from WW collectors of classics that they do not collect forgeries. The reality is of course that forgeries, fakes and bogus stamps outnumber most genuine issues from 1900 to 1930 and by a wide margin for pre-1900 stamps regardless of the CV. Unfortunately most books on the subject are now difficult to find and generally out of print. The more pertinent issue is that those who studied them in depth are for the most part gone and their extensive collections have been broken up and auctioned off. These stamps that were common 50 years ago are now difficult to come by making future study rather difficult. Experts in the field like Carl Walske, Dr R. Ceresa and Francisco Graus were among many I corresponded with and they were always willing to share their knowledge. So do forgeries have any value? Like any other subject, it depends on your interests. The Walske collection was auctioned off about 10 years ago and it showed that there is some value - see auction BTW Carl was not your everyday collector - LINK
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