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Worldwide/Cinderellas & Seals : Cinderellas: Getting started

 

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Calstamp

12 Apr 2023
08:18:46am
According to noted philatelic author James Mackay (Philatelic Terms Illustrated), a “cinderella is virtually anything resembling a postage stamp, but not issued for postal purposes by a government postal administration”. This sobriquet can be traced to the folk tale character who was seen as inferior within her family. In the eyes of many within the philatelic community, cinderellas have been considered inferior to “genuine” postage stamps. Despite this oft-common perception, the collecting and study of cinderellas has experienced a resurgence within the last couple of decades.

My interest regarding cinderellas has its origins in the wide array of material associated with Spain including Spanish Civil War (1936-39) political and fundraising issues, various “charity” issues, philatelic exhibition labels, etc. Fortunately, there is a considerable body of top quality reference works available from authors such as Julio Allepuz Querol, Luis Alemany Indarte, and José Vicente Domenech.

Yet what about resources for the new collector or student of cinderella material? While most of the general audience philatelic publications (e.g., Linn’s, Stamps, Gibbons Stamp Monthly) have included periodic feature articles and/or recurring columns from time-to-time, well-written introductory resources appeared to be less common until I discovered the works of L.N. and M. Williams.

L. Norman Williams and his brother Maurice began writing about stamps in collaboration in 1934. Across a period of nearly four decades the duo churned out more than two dozen books. However, it is their writing specific to cinderellas that holds particular interest for me.

For nearly 20 years they co-wrote the popular “Cinderella Stamp Corner” which appeared monthly in The Stamp Magazine (UK). Each month the feature addressed a handful of cinderellas issues, some from the authors’ personal holdings others from TSM readers. The column typically filled a single page and included several black and white illustrations of the given month’s subject matter. While the Williams Brothers passed away several years ago, many of their TSM columns have been preserved in a coil-bound book thanks to the American Revenue Association. The ARA presented a copy of said book to the APRL (which, in turn, makes it available for loan).

In terms of a cinderella primer, recommend “Cinderella Stamps” authored by the aforementioned Williams Brothers. Released in 1970, this hardcover book includes 160 pages presented in an 8.5 x 7.25-inch format. Included within the 13 chapters are Introduction to Cinderella Stamps, Local Stamps, Telegraph Stamps, Railway Stamps, and Bogus or Phantom Issues. The presentation includes numerous black and white illustrations along with a well-done index of the material contained therein.

To quote the dust jacket, “Written in the fluent style for which the authors are famous, and backed by authoritative research extending over many years.” And I concur. It’s the type of philatelic resource best read with a pad and pen at-hand, making frequent notes warranting further research. Fortunately, a circulating copy of Cinderella Stamps is available for loan via the APRL.

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12 Apr 2023
11:29:05am

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re: Cinderellas: Getting started

Cinderellas are incredibly broad and rich, and there are a number of specialty organizations that focus on some more narrow aspects, often with considerable overlap.

Jim mentioned the Spanish Civil War, with its treasure troves of issues; Delandre is the poster child (coughcough) of the Poster Stamp Society; There are volumes on various seals, notably Easter and Christmas, with local issues and all sorts of special and trial issues. George Painter single-handedly got Scott to expand their Christmas seal coverage beyond 1979.

There are a number of us in SOR who have interests in one or more Cinderella category.

David

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Calstamp

12 Apr 2023
08:18:46am

According to noted philatelic author James Mackay (Philatelic Terms Illustrated), a “cinderella is virtually anything resembling a postage stamp, but not issued for postal purposes by a government postal administration”. This sobriquet can be traced to the folk tale character who was seen as inferior within her family. In the eyes of many within the philatelic community, cinderellas have been considered inferior to “genuine” postage stamps. Despite this oft-common perception, the collecting and study of cinderellas has experienced a resurgence within the last couple of decades.

My interest regarding cinderellas has its origins in the wide array of material associated with Spain including Spanish Civil War (1936-39) political and fundraising issues, various “charity” issues, philatelic exhibition labels, etc. Fortunately, there is a considerable body of top quality reference works available from authors such as Julio Allepuz Querol, Luis Alemany Indarte, and José Vicente Domenech.

Yet what about resources for the new collector or student of cinderella material? While most of the general audience philatelic publications (e.g., Linn’s, Stamps, Gibbons Stamp Monthly) have included periodic feature articles and/or recurring columns from time-to-time, well-written introductory resources appeared to be less common until I discovered the works of L.N. and M. Williams.

L. Norman Williams and his brother Maurice began writing about stamps in collaboration in 1934. Across a period of nearly four decades the duo churned out more than two dozen books. However, it is their writing specific to cinderellas that holds particular interest for me.

For nearly 20 years they co-wrote the popular “Cinderella Stamp Corner” which appeared monthly in The Stamp Magazine (UK). Each month the feature addressed a handful of cinderellas issues, some from the authors’ personal holdings others from TSM readers. The column typically filled a single page and included several black and white illustrations of the given month’s subject matter. While the Williams Brothers passed away several years ago, many of their TSM columns have been preserved in a coil-bound book thanks to the American Revenue Association. The ARA presented a copy of said book to the APRL (which, in turn, makes it available for loan).

In terms of a cinderella primer, recommend “Cinderella Stamps” authored by the aforementioned Williams Brothers. Released in 1970, this hardcover book includes 160 pages presented in an 8.5 x 7.25-inch format. Included within the 13 chapters are Introduction to Cinderella Stamps, Local Stamps, Telegraph Stamps, Railway Stamps, and Bogus or Phantom Issues. The presentation includes numerous black and white illustrations along with a well-done index of the material contained therein.

To quote the dust jacket, “Written in the fluent style for which the authors are famous, and backed by authoritative research extending over many years.” And I concur. It’s the type of philatelic resource best read with a pad and pen at-hand, making frequent notes warranting further research. Fortunately, a circulating copy of Cinderella Stamps is available for loan via the APRL.

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12 Apr 2023
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re: Cinderellas: Getting started

Cinderellas are incredibly broad and rich, and there are a number of specialty organizations that focus on some more narrow aspects, often with considerable overlap.

Jim mentioned the Spanish Civil War, with its treasure troves of issues; Delandre is the poster child (coughcough) of the Poster Stamp Society; There are volumes on various seals, notably Easter and Christmas, with local issues and all sorts of special and trial issues. George Painter single-handedly got Scott to expand their Christmas seal coverage beyond 1979.

There are a number of us in SOR who have interests in one or more Cinderella category.

David

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