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Articles from FFE #16

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An introduction to my new editorship for the FFE Journal and an initiation of a few thoughts on restoration of philatelic material

Class: TR

Jonas Hällström

As the new editor of FFE Journal, Jonas Hällström introduce himself and his field of expertise defined as philatelic exhibiting and judging. The article addresses collectors, exhibitors and philatelic experts and deals with damaged philatelic material and the problem with restoration of philatelic material. On the latter subject, the article refers to three different examples from Costa Rica classic philately and postal history.

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Swedish mail with replaced frankings and fakes

Class: TR

Roland Frahm

Roland Frahm has through the Swedish Philatelic Federation’s Expert Committee detected fakes on mail where the original franking has been replaced and changed or where the current franking is not the original. The purpose behind this manipulation of the franking is of course to increase the postal conditions of the mail and to increase the economical value. In this article a representative selection of faked items of mail are presented to alert collectors to be cautious and careful in their studies of mail from Sweden.

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Contemorary Forged and Bogus Overprints on Adhesive Stamps and Postal Stationery

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Alan Huggins

The article describes various GB and Colonies forgeries and bogus items recently offered at e.g. EBay. Stationeries with "SPECIMEN/PROOF" overprints, Great Britain with false overprints and various forged postmarks.

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Congo free state bateau-poste fakes

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Luc Vander Marcken

The postal history of the "Bateau-poste" on the river Congo between 1896 and 1902 and examples of faked stamp and covers with descriptions and illustrations.

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Belgian Congo 1922 Issue - 'Typographic Boma Overprint' Fake oddity on the wrong sheet

Class: TR

Luc Vander Marcken

When the forger failed to take time to study the issue properly before making a fake overprint.

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Congo Free state 1887 issue The unissued 10 francs grey- genuine or a forgery?

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Luc Vander Marcken

A detailed description and analysis of this so-called "unissued stamp" but in fact a forgery.

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Congo free state 1898 , 'Mols' issue 3.50 Franc Vermillion, with imperforated left margin

Class: TR

Luc Vander Marcken

How a forger can create scarce curiosity with a pair of scissors.

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Expertising Marks on New South Wales Stamps and Covers

Class: TR

Ben Palmer

It is well known that before the advent of photo-certificates, expertisers applied their own markings to material. This article explores and illustrates various types of expertising marks found on the stamps and covers of New South Wales. Whilst many have been identified thanks to existing resources there are a number found which can not be attributed to a particular expertiser.

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Some genuine and faked postmarks on the Swedish Värnamo-stamps from 1918

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Helena Obermüller Wilén

The Swedish stamps, Gustav V in Medallion 55 and 80 öre were printed in april 1918. However, the postage fee changed and only a small number of stamps were incorrectly sent to Värnamo in July, where some were postmarked. Later, the postmark have been antedated or forged several times.

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The fakes, forgeries and wrongs of Space Mail from The "MIR" Space Station

Class: Astro

Viacheslav Klochko

The article under the title "The Fakes, Forgeries and Wrongs of Space Mail from the "Mir" Space Station" by V.Klochko of Russia is devoted to the problem of identification fakes and forgeries of space mail items. The author's researches are based on the genuine materials from his personal collection and information received directly from the crew members-participants of the expeditions at the "Mir" station.

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Forged Overprints on South Australian 2/6 and 5/- Official Stamps

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The Expert Committee, Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria

The Expert Committee of the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria is internationally recognised as a providor of opinions regarding Australasia. The article describes the review and approach related to a pair of high face value South Australia stamps overprinted OS where the Committee’s opinion was that the overprints were forged.

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Hong Kong Post: Modern postal forgeries

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Hendrik W. van der Vlist

This article describes how to compare the genuine stamps with forgeries of the $ 3.00 and $ 5.00 from the 2005 issues of the Year of the Rooster, especially the perforation, kind of paper, printing method and different colour. The latest by using the Photoshop computer program.

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False Postal Ferry Stamps from Denmark

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Ib Krarup Rasmussen

The article shows that at some point in the late 1980´s there has been a mass production of forged overprinted Danish “Postfærge” stamps. The forged overprints are always made on used stamps all ready cancelled with ordinary Danish town cancels. The stamps are still on the market in large numbers. Genuine used “Postfærge” stamps are cancelled with very special characteristic postmarks that are very easy to distinguish from ordinary postmarks. Examples of forged and genuine stamps are shown.

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Problem covers from Naples

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Mario Mentaschi

The article shows that some letters, of the few prepaid with a 50 grana of the Neapolitan Provinces (about 30 recorded), were not correctly rated.Some frankings because letters were not complete, but others were forged because a lesser value postage stamp was substituted by the rare 50 grana

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The faked Bull's Eyes covers of Diamantina

Class: TR

Bernd Juchert

Described in the article are two faked Bull`s Eyes covers from Diamantina in the Minas-Geraes province in Brazil in the postal historical context. For comparison are shown also genuine covers and cancels in the time of use.

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A faked Bull's Eye Bahia letter

Class: TR

Bernd Juchert

The article describes a faked Bull`s Eye letter from Bahia and gives details for discovering the fake.

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Faked DDSG Covers

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Dr. Jovan Velickovic

Four covers with forged blue DOSG cachets, produced from various stampless covers.

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Fakes and forgeries from Trieste, Gorizia, and the Slovene Littoral

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Veselko Gustin

The territory of Slovene Littoral (Slov. Primorska) we understand the northern part of Julian Venetia (Italian Venezia Giulia). On this territory after the Italian occupation from the 1918 to 1919 there were used the provisional (temporary) issues ordered by Italian authorities: on Austro-Hungarian stamps from 1907 to 1918, and Italian stamps from 1910 - 18. All these provisional issues were used until the end of April, 1919. After the 1945 the story went in the opposite way. There were used some provisional issues with overprints on Italian stamps (1929-47) ordered first by Yugoslav military government, and latter by Allied Military Government (A.M.G.). In Zone A and B of Free territory of Trieste (F.T.T.), there were used A.M.G. overprints on the Italian stamps (1948-54), and overprints on Yugoslav stamps, respectively. There are many forgeries on overprint, and especially on cancellations.

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Color Perception and Electronic Sampling in Philately: How Reliable Is It?

Class: TR

Robert P. Odenweller

Accurate classification of colors and shades of stamps has intrigued philatelists for many years. Some feel that scanners and the ability to sample colors using computer programs might offer a solution. This article shows that serious questions remain to be resolved before such use could be likely.

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A Canadian local to discourage the use of a mail service

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Charles J. G. Verge

The article looks at the production history and varieties of the labels issued by the Upper Columbian Tramway and Navigation Co. (U. C. Co.) in British Columbia at the end of the 19th Century. Through an historical review of the company’s activities, the author proves that virtually all usages of the labels are philatelic in nature.

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New Brunswick Pence forgeries by Oneglia

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Richard Gratton

Erasmo Oneglia forged all the values of the first issue of New Brunswick. Some of these forgeries can still be found as genuine items in some dealers stock or on various auction sites on the internet. Many of these forgeries are also very scarce and many specialists collect them as reference material. The articles describes simple tests to be able to identify the engraved forgeries of this famous Italian forger.

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Nova Scotia Forgeries by Oneglia

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Richard Gratton

Erasmo Oneglia forged all the issues of Nova Scotia. Some of these forgeries can still be found as genuine items in some dealers stock or on various auction sites on the internet. Many of these forgeries are also very scarce and many specialists collect them as reference material. The articles describes simple tests to be able to identify the engraved forgeries of this famous Italian forger.

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Digital Image Enhancement

Class: TR

David Rockoff & Mike Jackson

The article describes digital image processing to better visualise postmarks on stamps, as used in our book the Encyclopaedia of the Maltese Cross. The techniques described can be accomplished using widely-available image editing software. The most useful kind of image enhancement was found to be 'channel splitting', where a colour image is split into its component channels, each channel being a greyscale image.

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Letters and Stamps truths, but... forgeries letters

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Pedro Vaz Pereira

In Portugal circular bar cancellations were used to obliterate the stamps during the 1st & 2nd Postal Reform periods. On the covers were also a put nominative postmark showing the place where the letters were delivered. Stamps were often removed by collectors and sometimes other stamps were put in later. They are forgeries.

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The 1932 2d George V Postal forgery of Australia

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Geoffrey Kellow

Discription of Australia 1932 Postal Forgeries of 2d Georg V produced by Charles Jackson, Kensington, Sydney and discovered by the philatelist Dr. E.C. Black.

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Spain Official Issue 1855 - Two different Printings

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Eduardo Escalada-Goicoechea

An elusive issue printed in Madrid as well as in Havana. Usage and printing differences explained as well as the forgeries.

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Philately without an Expert!

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Jean-François Brun

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The Forgeries of the first Japanese issues, the Spiro Brothers

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James Van der Linden

The author thoroughly describes the imitation industry of the Spiro-brothers of Hamburg and quotes interesting correspondence between Spiro and the Belgian expert philatelist Moens. A number of Japanese 1871-88 reproductions are analyzed and compaired with originals.

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Using Postal History to Detect Forgeries

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Michèle Chauvet