Thursday, January 29, 2009

El Salvador - The First (BOGUS) Issue

In the September 30, 1907 issue of “Stanley Gibbons Monthly Journal” Joseph B. Leavy, once the philatelic curator of the Smithsonian Institution, states, “…in The Stamp Collector’s Magazine for February 1867, appeared the following description of a bogus stamp, said to have emanated from a notorious San Francisco counterfeiter: “The design is very similar to that of the Hawaiian…”

Today these bogus items are quite scarce. Shown here are the two colors they appear in:

If you have a copy of this item, treasure it as they are seldom seen.

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