Forged stamps of Tibet

1912 & 1950

Lion

 
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Forged postmarks

On the forgeries of the 1912 series

 
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1914

Lion

 
Tibet_1914_8tr_Genuine

1933

Lion

 

Forged Covers

 
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  • 1-5. The Trangka values of the 1912 Issue. Plating tables, seven forgeries, and fraudulent cancellation: Arnold C. Waterfall, The Postal History of Tibet (Second Edition), (Robson Lowe, Ltd., London, 1981), pp.90-106 and 146-54. Forgeries and fraudulent postmarks: H.D.S. Haverbeck, The postage stamps and postal history of Tibet, (Collectors Club Handbook, The Collectors Club, New York, 1958), p.38; another view on some points (mostly not having to do with forgery detection): Armand E. Singer, “Haverbeck’s TIBET: A Review with Suggested Additions”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 68 (August 8, 1959): 562-65. Seven sets of forgeries, and fraudulent postmarks: Arnold C. Waterfall, “Forgeries Of The 1912 Issue Of Tibet”, China Section Bulletin, Vol. 3 (June 1955): 3-6. E.A. Smythies, “Tibet: Some Forgeries of the 1912 Issue”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 31 (November 1952): 313,14. H.D.S. Haverbeck, “The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Tibet”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 31 (May 1952,): 137-51, at pp.143-44 . Stanley G. Radgowski, “The Hand-Typographed Stamps Issued by Tibet“, Chambers Stamp Journal, Vol. 36 (September 1952): 112-14. Three forgeries and fraudulent postmark: H.R. Holmes, “The Postage Stamps of Tibet”, the Philatelic Journal of Great Britain, Vol. 50 (August 1940): 135-37. Two sets of forgeries and a 1938 lithographed forgery: Theodore M. Newman, “Tibet”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 19 (April 1940): 79-90; continued at (July 1940): 197-212 (genuine cancellations). Forgeries, genuine postmarks: Winthrop S. Boggs, “Postage Stamps of Tibet”, Stamp Review, Vol. 3 (July 1939): 408-11, at pp.409,1058. 1986 forgery: Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue, note following No.6. See listings for individual stamps below for more citations.
  • 1. 1/6 trangka, 1912. George Bourke, “A Previously Unrecorded Classic Tibetan Forgery”, Postal Himal, No.80 (4th Quarter, 1994): 78,79.
  • 6. 1s value of the Lion issue, 1950. A.C. Waterfall, “Further One Sang Tibet – Forgeries” (article reprinted from the March 1957 issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly), China Section Bulletin, Vol. 4 (March 1957): 58 and facing page. Forgeries, genuine postmarks: Winthrop S. Boggs, “Postage Stamps of Tibet”, Stamp Review, Vol. 3 (July 1939): 408-11, at pp.409,10.
  • 7,8. Second issue, 1914. Nine forgeries: Wolfgang C. Hellrigl, “The Forgeries of The Second Issue Of Tibet”, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal, No. 1 (October 1998): 57-62. Bramston Beach, “Forgeries of the 1914 issue of Tibet”, Journal of Chinese Philately, Vol. 5 (March 1958): 72. Forgery of the 8t and fraudulent postmark: Stanley G. Radgowski and Armand E. Singer, “Tibet 8 Trangka Red And Blue Forgeries?”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 66 (April 12, 1958): 160,61.
  • 9-13. 1933 Issue. Plating tables, four forgeries, and fraudulent postmarks: Arnold Waterfall, The Postal History of Tibet (Second Edition) (Robson Lowe, Ltd., London, 1981): 155-59 . George Bourke, “A New Set of 1933 Forgeries”, Postal Himal No. 63 (3rd Quarter 1990): 51- 58. George Bourke, “Tibet – Forgeries of the 1933 Issue: An Inventory of 2nd Set Multiples, Postal Himal, journal of the Nepal and Tibet Philatelic Study Circle, No.73 (1st Quarter 1993): 20. Two forgeries: George Bourke, “Forgeries Of The 1933 Issue: Set 3”, Postal Himal, No.77 (1st Quarter 1994): 18-22. Forgeries and fraudulent postmarks: H.D.S. Haverbeck, The postage stamps and postal history of Tibet, (Collectors Club Handbook, The Collectors Club, New York, 1958), pp.52,53. Three forgeries: E.A. Smythies, “The Locally Printed Stamps of Tibet, 1912-1953”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 63 (March 1954): 48-52. Stanley G. Radgowski, “The Hand-Typographed Stamps Issued by Tibet“, Chambers Stamp Journal, Vol. 36 (September 1952): 112-14, continued at Vol. 37 (October 1952): 4-6. Whitfield King & Co., letter to the Editor, The Philatelist, Vol. 5 (September 1939): 319; also Stamp Magazine (U.K.), Vol. 6 (September 1939): 11. Genuine cancellation of the 1933 issue: Winthrop S. Boggs, “Postage Stamps of Tibet”, Stamp Review, Vol. 3 (July 1939): 408-11, at pp.410,11.
  • 14-18. 1934 issue. Whitfield King & Co., letter to the Editor, The Philatelist, Vol. 5 (September 1939): 319; also Stamp Magazine (U.K.), Vol. 6 (September 1939): 11.
  • Fraudulent postmarks. Robson Lowe (editor), The Gee-Ma Forgeries, p.12.
  • —- (Non Scott). “Official“ stamps. Pictures of forgeries: George Bourke, “Forgeries of the ‘Official’ Stamps of Tibet”, Postal Himal, No.73 (1st Quarter 1993): 21-23.

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