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Posted 06/13/2018   5:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add johnconn to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Can anyone tell me what country these stamps are from, and offer any other information about them? Thanks.

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Posted 06/14/2018   01:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add codehappy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, it's in English and denominated in cents, which narrows things down a little bit: US, Canada, many of the British/ex-British countries especially in the Caribbean and the Pacific (though much of those only adopted decimal dollar currency in the last 50 years or so).

Now some of those countries had rather primitive postage dues (St. Lucia, Fiji, e.g.) but not that primitive. Seriously, it looks like it was printed with a carved potato and an ink pad, and perfed with a sewing machine. (Make stamps at home, it's fun!) I'd suspect a cinderella of some kind -- even the training stamps that used to be used in business schools would be better produced than that -- maybe a total fantasy created by some collector?
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Posted 06/16/2018   06:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 64idgaf to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Johnconn,

What is the source of the image, scans of yours or from the net? If the letter, please post a link.

They are crudely produced and do not match anything of which I am aware.


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Posted 06/16/2018   12:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add johnconn to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The stamps are mine, not images from the Internet. The collection whence I found them was mostly U.S., Pacific Islands and South East Asia and formed in the 1930s and 1940s.

A photo of the reverse shows the gum remaining, as well as a better view of the perforations. Clearly, the front, back and sides are all quite primitive; crude is such an ugly word. As for the potato theory, I can neither confirm nor deny. But if true, said spud is long gone.

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