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Cjd
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16 Mar 2011
02:12:43pm
Staffa stamps were largely the creation of Clive Feigenbaum. Googling him will pull up all kinds of philatelic shenanigans.

The island of Staffa was/is uninhabited, so any need for a postal service is dubious, at best.

These are often referred to as bogus issues, though some would argue that these are locals.
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16 Mar 2011
03:36:27pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

I remember back in 1976 when I had just started collecting stamps, my mother bought me a U.S. Bicentennial silver plated Stamp & Coin set from Staffa in a frame. It was the pride of my collection for quite some time before I figured out what it really was. I think she paid $25.00 for it. She should have saved her money.

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16 May 2015
04:20:22pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

I notice this is an old thread, but thought I might resurrect it as I have some issues with these in my collection.

I bought these lovelies...two sheets of them, as a teenager. Not sure if they are bogus stamps from Staffa or something else?

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16 May 2015
04:30:28pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

Here's a close up version...

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16 May 2015
05:00:29pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

They are indeed Cinderellas. Still very collectible, just not legitimate postal issues.

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16 May 2015
05:05:51pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

Yes, that's one of MANY bogus Staffa issues.

I get them in mixed lots and WW accumulations from time to time. But unlike Lundy (which actually had an operational private postal service), they really don't have any retail value other than as bulk stamps/cinderellas.

It's interesting that Feigenbaum was Chairman of Stanley Gibbons as one time!

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nl1947
16 May 2015
05:09:09pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

I only vaguely remember this but did they not have island to mainland stamps for a short period in the 60's?
Somewhat like Kaulbach Island in Canada although maybe not central gov't sactioned?

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16 May 2015
05:50:34pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

I ran into Clive Feigenbaum at an ASDA show some 10 years ago (or was is APS) when he was still allowed to have a table and sell his material. He had some very interesting originals (Middle East was my area of interest then, and he had a lot of interesting rare material in that area).
He also was paying good money for more (he offered to buy my collection) and he displayed prominently the more interesting original stuff. But as far as what he sold to unsuspecting collectors, it was mostly his counterfeits, I am told. He sold directly or through third parties (he had many companies, see for example http://www.stampdile.com/index.php although I don't know anything more about them) , so you did not know the source of the stamps. They are still around. rrr...

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16 May 2015
06:14:04pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

Thanks everyone. Guess I'll just see what they will bring from the Cinderella collectors. I have no interest in that area right now.

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16 May 2015
10:15:57pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

Interesting. I only thought counterfeits were stamps that were made to look like the original. Never thought someone would make something random up!

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16 May 2015
10:34:25pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

"Stamps" made from countries that don't exist are known as "fantasy" stamps. If the "stamps" are from a place that does exist, like stated, they are "bogus" issues.

With a couple of exceptions, many of the islands around Scotland have had "stamps" printed with their names on them. Most are uninhabited. Many are wildlife refuges. The "stamps" printed for those islands were sold to visitors as souvenirs with the money going to help support the wildlife refuge.

"Counterfeit" stamps are made to defraud a government, in the same way as counterfeit money. Of course counterfeit stamps can wind up in stamp collections when an unwary collector purchases one. Some counterfeit stamps can be quite valuable depending on who the counterfeiter was.

"Fraudlent" stamps are made to defraud stamp collectors.

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17 May 2015
12:25:00am
re: On stamps from Staffa

That is a wonderful explanation! Thank you.

So those "stamps" were more like Stickers signifying a donation amount. That is actually really cool idea. So that is what a Cinderella is? They are not used for postage then I take it? Kind of how some people collect the old Easter Seals?

But what you were saying is this guy was making "bogus" stamps to line his own pockets.

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17 May 2015
01:14:15am
re: On stamps from Staffa

Yes, many bogus stamps are solely to line the pockets of someone from the money paid by stamp collectors. However, many people like to collect bogus stamps and Cinderellas.

The very simplest definition of a "Cinderella" is anything that is not a postage stamp.

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17 May 2015
02:32:44am
re: On stamps from Staffa

One of my worst (and at the same best) purchases ever includes Staffa.

About 10 years back I bought a large sheet lot blindly. What I got was part of 'Feigenbaum stock', thousands upon thousands of sheets in printer bundles. Staffa, Bernera, Eynhollow, State of Oman...It's all there

At first I was pretty badly disappointed with it (as I was hoping for Ajman etc. Sand Dunes), but there's a silver lining in every cloud. Once I dug in deeper, it turned out quite a nice topic to study/research. And having hundreds of specimens of the same sheet; it was heaven for flyspecking Winking

Though I've been swapping and giving away the duplicates actively for years I've still got a decent sized box of them to 'dispose'.

-k-

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24 May 2015
02:42:14pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

I have been following this thread for over a week and I now can provide some information as I found my book about Staffa. Alastair de Watteville owned the islet from 1972 to 1978 and wrote a booklet about it in 1998.

The carriage labels/Cinderella stamps were started in 1968 by the boatmen transporting tourists to the islet. They could buy the labels for use on postcards sold by the boatmen. In 1974 the owner of the islet hired a contractor to produce stamps for the tourist trade (this is probably Clive Feigenbaum). In 1976 a new boat was launched for the tourist trade and a letter box was placed on the islet for visitor use. All postcards sold on the boat and dropped in the box were transported to the Isle of Mull and entered the mail stream there.

In 1978 the contractor got over zealous and issued a set of New England USA bicentennial stamps for Staffa Island - the owner terminated the contract and no stamps have been issued since.

However - I have a set of 12 bicycle stamp FDC dated April 6, 1978 that are very professional in appearance and the cover cachets include the artist's name. These don't resemble Feigenbaum's work at all so I wonder where they came from.

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24 May 2015
03:14:04pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

Staffa is a wonderful island but it is small and uninhabited, and not many tourists land there.

I saw it in 1974 at the age of 14 from the deck of the old paddle-steamer, the King George V. I remember vividly how impressed I was when I saw the memorial plaque on the ship recording her part in the rescue of the BEF from Dunkirk (75 years ago this week).

I also remember being excited seeing the basalt pillars on the island and the entrance to Fingal's cave.

Great memories.

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Martyn
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24 May 2015
03:31:43pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

rvangorder I have an old "catalogue of British Local stamps" which lists your Bicycle set then a Dog set and 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II but doesn't list the USA Bi-centennial set

"just been checking and it would appear to be 1979 when there was problems with the Bi-centennial stamps and that was a dispute with the USA Customs who demanded that the gold on the stamps be subject to duty as the stamps were not issued for genuine postal use"

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26 May 2015
03:37:07pm
re: On stamps from Staffa

There have been lots of interesting characters in and around the hobby over the years.
Does anyone know if Phillip de Rochambeau is still involved ?

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