Props used a stamps in a Movie set.
Seen (illegaly) used on cover 1946, sent by Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) to his wife.
see here alongside genuine US Stamphttp://www.stamps4collectors.com/pi...-movie7b.jpg
Author : Mr. Blair Stannard.
Follow up article that appeared in the August 31, 1946 issue of
Movie Stamps Banned
BILL O'HARA writes that he received 488 requests from readers for the
"movie" stamp mentioned in our June 1st issue. They came from all but
five states in the Union, and from Canada, Puerto Rico, Alaska,
England, and Holland.
To the latest requests, however, he has been unable to send more than
"regrets," as a result of one recipient's efforts to get an "unusual"
cover for himself by sending himself a cover bearing no other stamp
than the "movie" stamp. Detected by the Post Office Department, it
started an investigation which led to the confiscation by the U. S.
Secret Service of all the stamps and the plates. It had been purposely
made not too different from a usual U.S. design, advises Mr. O'Hara,
so that when it was used as a prop in the movies, the chances of its
being detected as a "play" stamp would be slight. The Secret Service
contention, we under stand, is that it too closely resembles the 1912
5c Parcel Post stamp. Mr. O'Hara is trying to get a change of
decision, but if unsuccessful, will design another stamp for similar
use, and this time will get the okay from the Post Office Department
first. In the meantime, says he, collectors who obtained the movie
stamps should treasure them.
Blair Stannard (TC)