Plans are now finalized for a joint midyear gathering with the Virginia Postal History Society (Col. Wayne Farley, President) on Friday Oct 24th and Saturday the 25th 2014 in Historic Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Confederate States of America Philatelic Fakes, Forgeries,
and Fantasies of the 19th and 20th Centuries
The Confederate Stamp Alliance has approved publication of a book on Confederate fakes. The genesis of this project evolved with lead author Peter Powell. Others have since joined the effort to bring this to print. This book has been underway almost as long as the CSA Catalog but was put on the back burner while our efforts necessarily focused on finishing the catalog. It is no surprise that many of the same people are involved.
Anticipating the publication of the forthcoming volume, the fake section in the CSA Catalog was shorter than it would otherwise have been. The fake book is currently approaching 400 pages. Clearly, that would not have fit in the catalog but it is an essential companion piece to that volume. While there have been many articles on various forgeries and frauds over the years in these pages and elsewhere, there has never before been a comprehensive book devoted to Confederate fakes.
Your Chance to Help
While a lot of work has been done, there is still much to do. To that end, we have a request of you.
If you are a serious collector of Confederate fakes and fantasies or fraudulent covers such as the ones infamously made by the late John A. Fox, we could use high resolution scans of such material. We are very aware of the SCRAP material of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society and have drawn liberally from it with their permission.
We do NOT need common items such as Springfield facsimiles or New York counterfeits. We are specifically looking for unusual items we may not have seen or varieties.
We are NOT looking for the digitally created material being pumped out and sold on eBay.
We ARE looking for high resolution scans and detailed background of rarer fakes and forgeries, e.g., any articles related to the fakes or the forgers and the provenance, if known.
Image Criteria - we would prefer 300 dpi .jpg or .tif image scans for covers and at least 600 dpi .jpg or .tif images for stamps.
Please do NOT send images or information without checking first to see if we already have it. In some cases, we may have the information but only a poor image.
Deadline for Submissions
The deadline for images and information is December 31, 2014. Thanks for your help!
Send correspondence regarding the fake book project to Trish Kaufmann, 10104 N. Old State Road, Lincoln, DE 19969-3644. Phone: 302-422-2656. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred contact method).
What Happens at Mid-Year Meetings
and Annual Conventions
by CSA President Richard Murphy
At the recent Sarasota convention,
it dawned on yours truly and Gen.
Trish Kaufmann that new, and not
so new, members to the Confederate
Stamp Alliance really have little idea
about what occurs at CSA annual
conventions or mid-years.
The following paragraphs are an
attempt to enlighten and demystify
The annual convention or meeting is a
three-day event held at a stamp show with dealer
bourses and exhibits.
Exhibits are judged by APS accredited
judges, and all CSA exhibits are also judged by
a team of CSA members led by the CSA vice
president. The CSA has its own awards, which
are judged by knowledgeable CSA members.
The stamp show awards are normally presented
at the Saturday evening banquet.
The CSA has a traditional “Southern
Supper” on Friday nights, so as not to conflict
with the stamp show’s banquet on Saturday
evening. The Southern Supper, usually
preceded by a cocktail hour, is hosted by a local
CSA colonel or general. During the dinner, the
trustees present exhibition awards, annual Dietz
and Haydn Myer awards and the CP Writers
award for the preceding year.
There is a moment of silence for members
who have passed on since the last meeting.
Additionally, recognition is paid to: CSA
generals who are present, the member with the
lowest number, the longest traveled attendee
and fifty year members. As the title says, supper
with a Southern flavor is served.
Spouses and guests are always welcome to
participate fully in all CSA functions and local
trips. In addition to the Southern Supper, there
is an annual members meeting on Saturday
morning, held by the trustees to inform members
about the state of the Alliance and to discuss
future projects meetings.
What is the cost of the annual
meeting and Southern Supper? The
trustees’ goal is to break even at
annual meetings. The member cost
to attend the Southern Supper also
supports meeting room fees, as well
as the hospitality room and its snacks
and beverages. The hospitality room
is just that: a place for members,
spouses and guests to socialize, show
philatelic items or share the “newly found
treasures” from the bourse.
The mid-year meeting is a gathering of
members and guests, usually staggered six
months between annual meetings. The venue
city is one that has no stamp show, but has local
and Civil War points of interest.
It is a Friday and Saturday event, with a
bourse of CSA dealers, that is less formal than
the annual meeting. The idea is that members
can bring some of their collections for display,
to discuss information or to swap.
A hospitality room is available for evenings
and a meal, at the venue or a local restaurant,
can be scheduled for Saturday evening. The
event can be held with local state postal history
societies or Civil War roundtables. It is a great
way for new members to meet and discuss their
collecting interests with CSA experts.
annual meetings, visits and trips are available
for members, guests, and spouses. The cost is
dependent on whether or not there is a meal.
My wife Betty and I plan a few vacation days
around both annual and mid-year meetings. It is
a great way to spend some time together outside
the hectic pace of life. Initially, we knew very
few people in the Alliance. Today, the social
interactions are as satisfying as the philatelic
I hope the fog is lifted and there is a better
understanding of the Alliance’s functions. I and
all the Trustees are waiting to warmly welcome
fellow collectors and spouses.
Confederate Stamp Alliance and Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Applications are now being accepted for a scholarship for original research and analysis relating to the design and/or printing of a specific Confederate stamp issue(s), the Confederate Post Office Department, or an aspect of Confederate postal history. The scholarship, for a sum of up to $2,000, will be a contribution towards expenses including travel costs for a trip(s) to Washington DC or library with Confederate States archives. The scholarship is available for all academic, scientific and philatelic scholars. It is designed to enable one to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in the NPM library, other Washington DC libraries, or libraries with Confederate States archives on their projects and discussing their work with others.
Named Member Emeritus of the Authentication Service
In recognition of his thirty years of service and detailed
knowledge of Confederate stamps and postal history the title of
Member Emeritus was bestowed on General Peter W. W.
Powell by the Authentication Service.
General Powell recently resigned his position with the
Authentication Service. His thirty years of excellent and
continuous service to the Authentication Service is an
exceptional accomplishment that may never be equaled. The depth
of his knowledge of Confederate stamps and postal history has
been a positive contribution to the examination process that
will be sorely missed.
The NEW Confederate States of
America Catalog & Handbook of
Stamps and Postal History
a major success.
The much anticipated update, expansion and re-write of
August Dietz classical work on Confederate Postal
History has gone from "brand new" to "out of print" in
only three months. This six year endeavor on the
part of the Confederate Stamp Alliance and its members
has been a tremendous success. Congratulations to the
editors Patricia A. Kaufmann, Francis J. Crown and Jerry
S. Palazolo and to the many other members who
contributed to this important contribution to
National Postal Museum
Announces Launch of Centralized Gateway to
World’s Greatest Philatelic Research The Smithsonian’s National
Postal Museum announces the launch of the
GlobalPhilatelicLibrary.org website, a
centralized information gateway to the world’s
greatest philatelic research. Click here
for more information.
About Confederate Philately
of the history of that short-lived
political experiment, the Confederate
States of America, was
reflected in its stamps, covers, and
other postal mementos. The bitter Civil
War spanned the entire life of the
Confederacy -- the four years from 1861
to 1865 -- and the marks and record of
that great struggle are nowhere found
more clearly than in the postal history
of the "Lost Cause." All collectors of
Confederate stamps come to realize this
very early in their pursuit, and this
fact has much to do with the fascination
that the Confederate collector
are hundreds of varieties of
Paid and Manuscript covers
as well as Provisional adhesive stamps
and envelopes used before the
Confederate government could issue
regular stamps. There are 17 major
varieties of regular issue Confederate
States stamps -- also minor varieties
and endless shades.
are Prisoner-of-War and Flag-of-Truce
covers, Express Company markings,
Blockade-Run covers to
Europe, College covers, Official
and Semi-Official envelopes, Packet and
Steamboat covers, Patriotic covers with
their war mottos, covers showing use of
United States stamps in the
Confederacy, and many interesting
else in philately can one find such
strange usages, makeshifts and evidences
There are envelopes made of wallpaper,
envelopes used twice over, and
United States stamped envelopes
seized and overprinted for the use of
Confederate items are almost 150 years old.
Some are scarce and hard to find, but
many are within reach of all.
has been written about Confederate
stamps and covers --
and still is being written -- than
nearly any other specialized field.
Ever had a question regarding a Confederate philatelic item
and wish you knew someone who could give you an answer? Well, the CSA
recognizes this need and has established a "Mentor Program" whereby you
can call or email a very knowledgeable Confederate philatelist and
fellow CSA member with your question.
CSA Annual Convention in
Conjunction with EUROPHILEX
May 13th - 16th, 2015
Plans for our Annual Convention taking place in London, England in 2015 are at
an advanced stage. Details are in our newsletter or on our conventions page.
Our annual convention in Sarasota, FL, was
terrific. Lots of dealers, great exhibits, wonderful
fellowship and excellent presentations.
Here is a
brief summary and photos.
Confederate Stamp Alliance...
CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE is a non-sectional, non-political
organization for fraternity, research and cooperation among a choice
group of hundreds of collectors of Confederate stamps, covers, and
postal history. Its members' interests
cover all possible phases of the stamps and postal history of the
War Between the States, both North and South.
ALLIANCE'S official publication, THE CONFEDERATE PHILATELIST,
is published quarterly and sent to all members. It
contains original articles on Confederate philately as well as
news of the ALLIANCE and its members.
of the important services available to members of the CONFEDERATE
STAMP ALLIANCE is its Authentication
Service. This panel of experts will issue a formal
written opinion on any item submitted by a member for a nominal
fee. Any authentication issue should be submitted to the CSA
Authentication Service for formal expert review.
year the CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE holds its
Annual Convention and Exhibition,
usually in conjunction with a national or regional show. Anyone
who is a student of the War for Southern Independence or who
collects or is interested in starting a collection of Confederate
or Civil War material in any form will find that membership in
Confederate philately's national society provides distinct
Become A Member. Please
accept our cordial invitation to join the CONFEDERATE STAMP
ALLIANCE and participate in the many varied activities
fascinating philatelic field. All are welcome.
If you are
interested in becoming a member of the CONFEDERATE
STAMP ALLIANCE, just access the Membership Application
Form below and print it out. The directions for filling out the
form and mailing it are self-explanatory. Use the back button to
return to this page. 1 May 2012 -- Current Membership
stands at 688.
Stamp Primer OnlineThe Confederate Stamp Primer
Online by Patricia A. Kaufmann is a basic guide for those who
don't have access to classic philatelic literature on the
subject or for those who do, but would like a quick online
reference. You may view just the section in which you are
interested or read it systematically from one page to the next.
This primer deals only with stamps and not the vast area of
postal history covered by The Rebel Post. A section
called "Trouble Spots" is being added one treatise at a time to
cover such common problems as identifying #11 from #12, London
print from Local print, altered plate reprints and more.