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I was recently presented with boxes of my uncle’s stamps – he had given up the hobby decades ago, and decided they should find a new home. Different countries and themes in mixed conditions, at times found in album pages, sometimes as bundles in envelopes and some lucky ones in old stock books. While sorting out the material, I came across a couple of curiosities I found worth sharing.
M.S.A. 7 Swiss soldier poster stamp
Soldier stamps (Soldatenmarken) are not so difficult to come across but are unfortunately not included in common catalogues (like the Zumstein Swiss Catalogue). They were first issued during the First World War and have no denominator. They were successfully sold by the army and the proceedings were quite important to support the soldier’s efforts of keeping the Swiss borders safe.
1852 3p green Buenos Aires
Inequalities between Angentinean provinces and disagreements during the dictation of the country’s constitution caused the province of Buenos Aires to revolt and acquire it’s independent from the Argentine Confederation in the early 1850s, being ruled by a separate government until 1861. For this reason, this stamp is found under a different section in catalogues.
This looks like a poor reprint of the scarcer original version. The paper feels cardboard-thick, the left margin is extremely wide and the letters just look overall odd. This Buenos Aires 1850s series has been so widely forged that such stamps actually should be assumed to be fakes unless enough evidence suggest otherwise. Sperati or Fournier forgeries of this stamp are also out for the collectors of such pieces
It would have been great to see the Baltic States cinderella and the Swiss M.S.A. in better states of conservation as it would have made this collector smile broader if the 1852 Buenos Aires stamp were genuine, but they were interesting findings nonetheless, and there are still plenty of material to go through in that interesting box.
Baltic States Cinderella
Issued in the 1940s, this Cinderella stamp was a call for help with the communist takeover of the Baltic States. Similar cinderellas were issued in the following decades, mostly by Estonians, Lithuanians or Latvians abroad calling for the end of occupation. Due to the great historical significance, this can be quite an interesting thematic collection to pursue.
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