CSA Postal History Fakes - Title Page

CSA Stamps
Fakes, Counterfeits, Reprints, Facsimiles

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Springfield Facsimiles -- Altered Plates -- New York Counterfeit

Birmingham Counterfeits -- Sperati Forgeries

Confederate Fantasies -- CSA Fake Provisionals

25 MAR 2000 -- There are in existence a great many reprints, counterfeits, facsimiles and outright fake and bogus issues of the Confederate Stamps. To attempt to illustrate and explain them all would take a book in itself. I will attempt in this section to illustrate and describe some of the more commonly seen fake Confederate issues. This page is currently under construction. I will probably be working on it off and on for quite some time as I obtain more of the fake material to use as illustrations. If there is anything specific you would like to see listed and explained here, send me an E-mail and let me know. (JLKCSA@aol.com) I hope the collectors will find this section to be useful.

Springfield Facsimiles

We begin our discussion with the Springfield Facsimiles as these are the fakes that are most commonly seen. Here is the story behind these fakes: Beginning in the mid 1930's a set of 14 counterfeits of the Confederate General Issue stamps was made and sold by a stamp dealer in Springfield, Mass. These facsimiles were also used in the so-called TASCO Booklets prepared in 1941. TASCO stands for Tatham Stamp Company of Springfield, Mass. In order to make the counterfeits, a set of original drawings made by August Dietz in 1919 were used. The drawings were copyrighted, and the use of these drawings was done without the permission of August Dietz. These counterfeits were made and sold as singles or as blocks of four in either unused or used condition. Since they originated in Springfield, Mass they have come to be known to collectors as the "Springfield Facsimiles." Protests over these fakes were issued at the time, and the maker then agreed to stop selling the bogus used ones and to put the word "facsimile" (sometimes misspelled as "facsimilie") on the backs of the unused stamps. But a number had already been sold, so these fakes exist both with and without the word "facsimile" on the back. And there are still some "Springfield Facsimiles" floating around with phony postmarks, and some have even been used to create phony covers. These fakes are everywhere and still fool many of the uninformed collectors today. The 14 Springfield Facsimiles are illustrated below.

The Springfield Facsimiles were all printed on paper that was far different from the paper used for the genuine stamps. Many of the facsimiles were printed on a bleached white paper while others were printed on a yellowish newsprint type paper. Being familiar with the papers is the best way to tell the difference between these facsimiles and the genuine stamps. On the fakes that are not marked "Facsimile" on the back, here is how to distinguish them from the real thing --