Great Western Railway poster stamp (or Cinderella) from the 1960s

Top stamp! But not really an actual stamp.

I’m no stamp collector but this one is ace. I had to call on a philatelist or 2 to help me out on this and the info they kindly gave me is below.

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The stamp is one of an extensive series, featuring locations served by various railway companies. The artwork on the bunch I have seen is so cool. There were apparently three issues of this one. One in the 1930s, one in the early 1950s and one in the 1960s (which was a straight reprint of the 1930s one, but apparently the 1930s one is not perforated ). I have managed to get a few of these and the ones I have are said to be reprints from the 60s (of the original 30s one). The 50s one had a different image. They are only worth a few quid, but a must for a collector. Right?

Basically these stamps fall in the group of the Cinderella stamps. A descriptive to cover lots of stamps that aren’t really stamps. This thing had no postal value and was sold to put on a parcel as a piece of art. It’s actual descriptive term, in this case, is a poster stamp. So it was  just purchased alongside your stamp to look nice or your package (and make a few bob for those who sold it, in this instance the GWR).

I think its totally ace!

 

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  1. Fascinating to read your research on this Matt. I found one of these stamps on ebay quite a few years ago – the seller was in USA so ironically it cost me as much in postage as the sale price for the stamp . I have just looked up the information sheet that the seller kindly sent. He wrote about them sometimes being called a Cinderella, but also a mini poster or “posterette”, which made me wonder if there was a large scale poster of this image, but I have never seen one . Please let me know if you ever do. Interested that your philatelist contact told you that these stamps were sold to put on a parcel as decoration. When I met Richard Furness, a leading authority on railwayana he said these stamps were used for internal mail – but it makes more sense to me that they would have been a promotional stamp. He was extremely interested to check if my stamp was a copy or an original as he said they are rare. I often wonder if anyone ever pointed out the artist’s error in the painting. The red earth cliffs are definitely Devonian and nothing like the Newquay coastline.

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