At the Spring Stampex show in London Christopher Brunstrom noted that a customer at a dealer’s table inquired about a stockbook labelled ‘Cinderellas’, a word whose philatelic connection was unknown to him. The dealer explained that Cinderellas are all those stamp-like labels which are not listed in our general stamp catalogues.
The following explanation of the term used to appear in each issue of The Cinderella Philatelist, the quarterly journal of The Cinderella Stamp Club: ‘… local stamps, telegraph stamps, fiscals, bogus and phantom issues, Christmas seals, registration labels, advertisement and exhibition labels— the so-called “Cinderellas of Philately”.’
The fairy-tale Cinderella, of course, was the despised outsider who eventually married the prince. For a very long time serious philatelists frowned upon the Cinderellas of philately but today this is no longer the case. Fiscals and locals are frequently shown at exhibitions, earning medals of the highest calibre.
World Cinderella Congress
The study and collecting of Cinderella stamps is just as rewarding as that of regular postage stamps. The Cinderella Stamp Club and the Revenue Society of Great Britain are very active organisations. In September they will join forces with other philatelic groups to stage a World Cinderella Congress in London. It will be the very first one of its kind with participants from the UK and many other countries. Jon Aitchison FRPSL, Vice-Chairman of the Cinderella Stamp Club, is in charge of the organising committee.
The Congress will be held from 16 September until 18 September 2016 to coincide with Autumn Stampex. The venue for the Congress is 41 Devonshire Pl, Marylebone, London W1G 6JY, the home of the Royal Philatelic Society London. The event commences on Friday 16 September at around 5p.m. with a drinks and a buffet reception, followed by displays from members of the Cinderella Stamp Club.
A colourful municipal revenue stamp produced in Eskilstuna, Sweden
The Saturday morning session starts at 11a.m. and the subject is ‘Revenues of the World’ hosted by the Revenue Society of Great Britain. At 2.30p.m. the Swedish Cinderella Society (Samlarföreningen Bältespännarna) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a number of displays and presentations. The society was actually founded on this very date 50 years ago. Visitors will find out about mainly Swedish revenues and local postage stamps. The Saturday event also includes dealer tables and an auction, and will end with an informal dinner.
One of the classic poster stamps issued by the Vollmers Meeths Department Store in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Discover more in the June issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly