From time to time I receive inquiries from viewers of this web site who want help identifying a stamp they own. Usually I can answer them, occasionally I have to consult some expert, but now and then the item in question remains a mystery. This page is where I put the mysteries. If you can identify something shown here, or wish to contribute your own mystery, please email me -
ITEM #2: Blue and White label with four letters and revalued from "2" to "4"
This is one I own, and have been trying to identify for at least ten years.
I acquired it many years ago from Al Peterson (aka The Rail Philatelist), who knew only that he got it as part of a collection of rail-philatelic material, so assumed it had a rail connection.
Here are details, and my analysis:
Can anyone out there help?
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ITEM #1: EAGLE with "1997", "T375", and fake PORT WASHINGTON, NY postmark/cancel
1/15/2007 - MW wrote:
I have 6 stamps that are blue background, with a 3/4 flying eagle. the local stamp collector said they were no good, he called them a Cinderella stamp. Can you give me any info? no marking, but were canceled in NY.My first reaction was that it was a privately printed stamp, perhaps used in connection with some local event in Port Washington, NY, but an hour of Googling and digging led nowhere, so I replied as follows:
I sent a copy of the image to AskPhil, and got this response:
While I cannot tell you what the item is, I can tell you it is not a postage stamp and the red marking is not a postal marking.Nice to know he agreed with my evaluation, but nothing new there.
I wrote Roger Riga, whose encyclopedic knowledge of Cinderellas is second to none, and he replied as follows:
That made sense to me, so I Googled for companies located in Port Washington, NY, and guess what? It's the headquarters for Publisher's Clearing House!
So that's pretty conclusive to me. These are exactly what Roger guessed, fake stamps used on a Publisher's Clearing House mass mailing. Their value would be minimal, since they were used in huge quantities, so even though most were discarded, many remain. Can anyone send me an image of a PCH envelope with these stamps on it?
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Revised -- 12/11/2009