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BARBADOS and SIERRA LEONE combination, MARTINIQUE postal history
1954 unusual combination and out of period use cover to Nelson, Lancashire with Sierra Leone 1937 KG6 1d Coronation coupled with Barbados 1948 KG6 1d RSW tied FORT-DE-FRANCE 27 MAI 1954 machine slogan with purple strikes boxed "CIE GLE TRANSATLANTIQUE/26 MAI 1954/ S/S ANTILLES" handstamps, no backstamps.
£36


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1940 reg. and censored cover from THE FRENCH PHILATELIC AGENCY, Belize to Philadelphia with mixed reign (genuine stamps) franking KGV 2c x 3, KG6 1c, 3c pmk'd Belize 19 JA 40, backstamped New York (JA 25) and Philadelphia (JA 27). Raoul de Thuin, a prolific stamp forger, dedicated half a century managing his skills to relentlessly fleecing the gullible, the knowledgeable, and mostly unsuspecting philatelists, and The French Philatelic Agency, P.O. Box 206, Belize was just one of numerous aliases used to circumvent the spotting by the U.S. Post Office of his fraudulent activities to particular persons or firms. De Thuin (born Belgium 1890 died Guayaguil, Ecuador 1875) started his philatelic work as early as 1916 having a shop in Brussels in 1927. He entered Mexico in 1931 on the run from French and Belgian police who wanted him forgery. He was expelled from Mexico for setting up a forgery ring and moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where he was jailed and expelled in 1936 and then lived in Belize until moving back to Mexicio in the early 1940s where he settled until 1968 when he moved to his wifes home in Guayaguil. He specialised in forging overprints of Central and South American countries, especially Mexico, turning common stamps into rarities. He is quoted as saying that I have no conscience at all at having deceived all those foolish people. They are just fanatics who neglect their families for their passion. His method of sale was to use aliases to send sheets of approvals to collectors, mainly in the USA, which mixed a few genuine common stamps with forgeries of rarer items. Many collectors were duped and in 1962 a London sale of 498 lots of classic Mexico belonging to Prof. Hormer Lizama was cancelled when the sale was revealed to consist mainly of de Thuin fakes.
£250


TURKS & CAICOS postal history
1945 cover "airmail via Haiti" to New York with KG6 2d, block of 4 KG6 3d Coronation lightly pmk'd MY 3 45, at left EXAMINER D/43 label.
£40

GRENADA postal history
1937 locally addressed First Day Cover with KG6 Coronation trio pmk'd */12 MY 37 re-posted with QE2 Coronation 3c pmk'd first day */JU 3 53. A double First Day Cover.
£24


CASTRIES, St. Lucia postal history
reg. cover, blue printed flap with Royal Air Force motto "Per Ardua ad Astra", with KG6 Coronation set pmk'd 8 JY 37 addressed R.A.F. Halton, Bucks.
£15

PEKA, Basutoland postal history
(D4) 3 AUG 37 on KG6 Coronation trio cover, boxed PEKA registration h/stamp.
£20


1937 3 x GB 1d Coronation to JAMAICA
pmkd Ealing 13 MY 37, reverse with Pictorial Coronation label, toning.
£20
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