Poster stamps are a subset of Cinderella stamps. A Cinderella stamp is essentially any stamp not produced by a government for use as postage, a definition which includes (to some people) officially-issued stamps such as tax stamps, telegraph stamps and locals. Poster stamps are advertising stamps, and usually poster-like in their appearance. Many are indeed just reduced versions of actual posters, and were issued in conjunction with the events for which the posters were produced.
The set below, for the Swedish Industries Fair in Göteborg, Sweden, is a favorite of mine, both for the design, and the fact that it spans fifty years, 1918-1968! In this case the set clearly spans the War, with some minor design modifications, and there are four different languages for some of the early years, so there could be many more in the complete set. For some history of the event - click here. It was last held in 1973, though the name survives in the form of an exhibition center.
IF YOU CAN SUPPLY ANY OF THE MISSING IMAGES, please send them to me at
Full pane of 1924 stamps (French text)
I own or have seen stamps for every year from 1918 through 1951, EXCEPT the following: 1923, 1941, 1942.
A fellow collector wrote me that no stamp was produced for 1923, so unless someone else can show me one, I will take that as a fact. 1941 and 1942 were war years, so I doubt stamps for those years exist either. I suspect there are additional languages for some of the years shown above. If you can fill in any of the gaps with information or scans, please email me at .
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Revised -- 02/16/2011