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Posted 05/23/2019   3:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm not sure this qualifies as a Cinderella, but I'm not sure where else to post this. This is a "larger than life" version of the Penny Black, engraved by H. Peckmore (an American engraver, I believe). I also have the same engraving on what appears to be a British souvenir sheet, given as a donor acknowledgement during WWII.

Can anyone tell me about this?



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Posted 05/23/2019   4:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The one I have is bound into volume 1, part 3 (1940) of The Stamp Specialist series of books. It accompanies the Penny Black article written by Kreicker and Burrell. That one is on slightly rough, thick paper and shows die sinking around the engraved image (like on US and other die proofs). The book page size is about 255x175 mm including the bound portion. I have seen ones cut from the book and ones that appeared never to have been bound in a book.
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Posted 05/23/2019   7:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rdavid to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have one, which I have mounted in the front of my GB album. I estimate it came out sometime in the late 1940s. I would like to know more about it too.
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Posted 05/23/2019   7:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting, not seen this before.
The thinnest lips / mouth, I have ever seen on Her Majesty.

Perhaps our member Glenn Morgan may have information, in his series / bulletins of "dummy stamps" ?

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Posted 05/24/2019   06:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 65170 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rod222 you will not find the Penny Black sheet in my Dummy Stamps newsletter, as it is an American sheet. The British War Relief Society Inc was a US humanitarian group supplying non-military relief to us Brits, as I understand it. The use of "Incorporated" seals it for me as we do not refer to companies or organisations that way. Glenn
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Posted 05/24/2019   1:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Found this in the digital archives of the New York Times for Feb. 9, 1941:

"Collectors and dealers organized last week a philatelic committee officially identified with the British War Relief Society and will solicit the aid of philatelists throughout the United States in raising funds to be used to purchase mobile food kitchens for the bombed areas of Great Britain."

Interesting observation, 65170. I wonder if we should consider this to be a U.S. forerunner souvenir card.

I did find more information on the engraver, Harry Peckmore:
https://stampengravers.blogspot.com...eckmore.html
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Posted 05/24/2019   6:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The link notes "Peckmore often worked for Harry Lindquist's 'Associated Etchers'." The book I noted above is a Lindquist publication. Then see the link at the end of the link given above and the engraving is not only listed with a date of 1940 but shown there as well.

Perhaps if someone has access to issues of the Stamp Specialist magazine that it might give the reason for its existence -- maybe publicity for the book series or a subscription premium? Someone can contact the blogger linked above. A nice site, that one.
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