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Posted 08/19/2011   08:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add rod222 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Taylor, Samuel Allan

(1838-1913). A notorious producer of bogus stamps,
known as 'the Master Grafter' and leader of the
'Boston Gang'.

He was at the height of his fraudulent career in the
period 1863-70, and for one of his productions, a
fictitious U.S. local, used his own portrait in the
design!

Among his more audacious frauds was to add
his own 10. value to the then current issue of
Prince Edward Island, and to produce a stamp
for Paraguay at a time when stamps had not
been introduced into that country.

He was also responsible for the Stamp
Collector's Record, the first philatelic
publication in North America, which appeared
for the first time in February 1864 and ran for
more than forty numbers.

- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
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Posted 08/19/2011   09:12 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revstampman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
S. A. Taylor's most famous quote. "My stamps are better than the originals."

Their was a club dedicated to the study of His stamps "The S A Taylor society" however it is no longer in existance. One of the Founding members was David M. Sterling (RIP). A fantastic guy a good friend and a wealth of information! He is sorely missed!
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Posted 08/19/2011   11:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Found this excerpt on the internet:


The American Philatelist (July 10, 1891):


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MR TAYLOR was one of the pioneers of stamp collecting in this country and was the publisher of the first American stamp paper, The Stamp Collector's Record, the first number of which was issued in December 1864 at Albany, two numbers having been previously issued at Montreal in February and March of the same year. Had Mr Taylor not fallen into bad practices his name would today be ranked with those of the leading lights of philately for his knowledge of stamps is very great.

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A more recent (1953) article about Mr. Taylor's fakes:


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S. Allan Taylor -- Local Fakes

Samuel Allan Taylor well earned his notorious reputation. His long career in stamp dealing, dating from 1863 until 1905, was devoted almost exclusively to counterfeiting, and he fashioned numerous "fantastic" designs of stamps for posts that never existed. A complete collection of his stamps would be about impossible even in the U. S. Local and the semi-official Carriers' issues in which he operated to a great extent. For many years I have been assembling a reference collection of these latter items and the Taylor representation is impressive, but undoubtedly far from complete.

Taylor would make up a Local or a Carrier's stamp and multiple varieties by the use of color and various colored papers, in many shades colored on surface, colored through, glazed, unglazed, wove and laid papers, even "security" papers with concealed protective patterns and watermarks. I lately added to my collection, nearly seven hundred Taylor varieties I didn't have, which included sixty-five or more varieties of paper alone. Probably his full line of Locals and Carriers cannot be found on all these varieties of paper, since he likely had only small supplies of some paper, scrap lots from paper houses.

To my observations the closest he ever came to faking a U. S. stamp was his fantasy based on the Franklin Carrier. The genuine shows a profile of Franklin, facing left, while in Taylor's, Franklin faces to the right with the surrounding frame a crude suggestion of the 1851, 1 stamp. It was as near as he dared venture in the imitation of a stamp once authorized by and used by the U. S. Post Office Department. His design reading, "Carrier's Stamp," does not include "U. S.," nor "Postage," but neither did the original, a factor that surely influenced Taylor to create it. It comes in many colors and sometimes we see them offered for sale as "scarce postal essays," but it was just another of Taylor's fakes.

He had a keen sense of humor, evident in many stamps he produced, but he was at all times a cynical faker and seemingly thrived in his profession. He contended that his output was for use as "spacefillers," the genuine being too expensive for the average collector. He circulated his stamps widely and probably his patrons paid little for them but he could work up a a very deceptive job when in the mood. Then the stamp was carefully printed and often a forged or invented postmark was added for a touch of greater "authenticity." A fake of his occasionally seen is the "Albany Letter Express" stamp, modeled with the Pomeroy frame, the Boyd eagle in the vignette. I have it in several colors but one "tied" to a piece of cover with a bogus "Albany Letter Express Paid" postmark in red, looks like the "real thing" might have looked, had there ever been such a Local post.


- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
Stamps
March 21, 1953
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And finally, I found this brief biography on Mr. Taylor's personal life:


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Samuel Allan Taylor was born in Ayrshire Scotland in 1838 to Douglas and Agnes Taylor. His father died shortly after his birth, and when his mother died shortly after remarrying he was orphaned.

Left in the hands of strangers he was sent to the United States to live with an uncle. This arrangement did not work and Samuel ran away. He was found and raised by a doctor. At the age of fifteen he became a messanger boy for the New York Telegraph Company. It was here that he learned about posts and began to collect stamps and labels.

In 1861, Samuel Taylor fled to Canada to escape the draft during the Civil War. He would reside in Montreal until the end of 1864, where he worked in a drugstore. It was while he was in Montreal that he began publication of the first stamp journal in North America, The Stamp Collectors Record. While in Montreal, Mr. Taylor met Frances Mathieson and married. They would have three children, one of which would survive, daughter Frances.

Taylor and his wife moved back to the United States, Albany, New York where he would publish the American edition of The Stamp Collectors Record. The family would then move to Boston where Taylor worked as a dispensing clerk at Boston Hospital. It was here that he finished publication of the journal in 1877.

His interest in stamps led him to begin manufacturing and marketing bogus stamps and promotional labels. He died in 1913 in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Stamps,
July 4, 1942
"Samuel Allen Taylor" by R.A. Jamieson
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Posted 08/19/2011   3:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just found this 1880 US Census listing for Samuel Allan Taylor, noted to reside at that point at 63 Warwick Street, Boston. Found it especially interesting to note that he considered himself a "stamp maker" as his occupation:

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Posted 08/20/2011   06:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You are a genius for collating subsequent information,
and "fleshing" out posts.
We are the richer for it.
Fantastic subsidiary info, well done Wt1

Having just completed Census duties here
in Australia, I am particularly taken by the census snip.
I think in a previous post here on SCF,
someone showed a part census from the 1700's with
people there, giving the odd bogus name and employment,
a sense of humour has always been with us.

I wouldn't be surprised to see a six fingered hand,
in a Neanderthal cave painting.

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wt1 and rod
Very interesting!
While residing in Montreal Samuel Taylor began the publication of the first stamp journal in North America in the early 1860's. That was before the first Scott catalogue was printed in 1868! Found that Library and Archives Canada has copies of The Stamp Collector's Record publish in the USA subsequently by Taylor. I failed finding a pictures.
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Posted 08/20/2011   09:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Found this example of his work on an old Siegel Auction listing:

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Posted 08/20/2011   09:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tomiseksj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A stamp forum thread without images just doesn't feel right!

I also had a difficult time finding examples of Taylor's work, apart from images posted in other SCF threads. Here are a few I've found online that were attributed to him.

From Arthur H. Groton's "Rah! College Stamps" published in the January 2009 The American Stamp Dealer & Collector, available at http://ephemerasociety.org/articles...ASDA1-09.pdf




From Wayne Youngblood's article "Confederate Forgeries Can Be Fun and Challenging" available at http://www.stamps.org/AP/Collecting0111.pdf


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Posted 08/20/2011   09:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add timbres667 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice!
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"I am a man of flexible conscience, and a speculative disposition" Samuel Allan Taylor

Here is an advertising label with his picture and part of a packet of his Confederate fakes. There are over 5000 different Taylor fakes; this includes different color and paper combinations.




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Here's a link to a thread I posted nearly a year ago. I never connected it until now that I actually have some of the S. Allan Taylor fakes.

http://goscf.com/t/9477&SearchTerms=Confederate
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Posted 08/28/2011   06:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow!
how did I miss these additions to the thread
Fantastic scans gentlemen!

The "London gang" in the dock.





Nutter's Bancroft's City Express "stamp" and Taylor's
forgery of it:



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Great post Rod.

I learn so much from you guys.

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Posted 08/28/2011   12:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add james to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
VERY interesting thread, Rod!

I never know that such forged stamps exist!

Guys, would highly appreciate if anyone could advice where I can find such stamps for sale (Online please)?


Cheers

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