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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

BERMUDA postal history
1957 unusual combination GB KG6 2/6d, GB QE2 6d ovp'd "TANGIER" on reg. cover to Belmont Manor Hotel, Warwick pmk'd Streatham B.O. S.W.16 cds dated */26 MR 57.
£32


BERMUDA to India postal history
1955 (AU 15) use of KG6 6d Air Letter up-rated with mixed reign QE2 3d for Kurla, Bombay, India, newsy full letter mentioning bus drivers on strike for second time in two months for 7/- and hour.
£75

SEGORO, Gold Coast postal history
1913 use QV d Post Card with added KE7 d to Freiburg, Baden, Germany dated 8 JUL 13, full reverse text.
£45


FREETOWN QUAY, Sierra Leone postal history
(035.81) */29 OC 54 on KG6 3d added QE2 4d red-brown PSRE to Leicester.
£16

B O., Sierra Leone postal history
(016.05) */23 MY 56 on mixed reign KG6 1/3d, QE2 4d, 6d reg. "Express Delivery" cover to London.
1/3d airmail postage, 4d reg. fee, 6d Express Delivery fee
£40
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