Updated: November 24, 2000

Postal Authorities

Meet any one of the following criteria shall be classified as postal authorities:

    Members of UPU (The Universal Postal Union);
    Carrying its own postal service;
    Local postal service;
    No postal service but is owned by legal government.
    With unclear status, also classified as postal authority temporarily.
Bogus Stamps / Cinderellas

According to Linn's Stamp News:

    Bogus: a fictitious stamplike label created for sale to collectors. Bogus issues include labels for nonexistent countries, nonexistent values appended to regularly issued sets and issues for nations or similar entities without postal systems;
    Cinderella: a stamplike label that is not a postage stamp. Cinderellas include seals and bogus issues, as well as revenue stamps, local post issues and other similar items.
Only names on current bogus and cinderellas still printed are listed on this site. Many such labels baring local names from the former Soviet Union region. It is suspected that they are coming from the same source, possibly somewhere in the U.S. Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan and Turkmenistan are members of the UPU and issuing their own legal stamps, but many labels are baring their names. Such labels are often poorly designed and printed. English, sometime only English, is used. Topics often satisfy American collectors’ taste.

Philatelic Agencies

Most are official North American agencies. A few are located in Europe.

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