The Local Post collections Info CD-ROM

The Local Post Collections


Created By

Dr Iwan suwandy,MHA





The Local Post Collectors Society (LPCS), an affiliate of the American Philatelic Society, was founded on January 15,1972 by David M. Stirling from Scotland (U.K.) and his two longtime U.S. friends Ted Jenson and Wayne Martel.

During his term as the President of LPCS, Stirling brought in members into the society not only from the United States but also from the Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom, Sweden and other countries.

The organization continued to flourish and soon the membership increased to well over 200 members.

Stirling’s column,” Curious Weeds”, that appeared regularly in Linn’s Weekly Stamps News during the decade of the 1960’s, created an upsurge in local posts and Cinderella interest in the U.S.A. that ultimately gave birth to The Local Post Collectors Society.

During the mid 80’s the Society gradually began it’s decline and after two decades of near neglect, in April 2004, Joseph Lo Preiato took over the helm of the L.P.C.S. In the intervening period, he has developed and implemented a series of ambitious, innovative programs — the most comprehensive and radical ever undertaken in the history of the Society; carefully designed to restructure, revitalize and internationalize the organization.

We’re no longer inert, but reborn, vibrant and full of idealism. This reverberation, in turn has yeielded an unprecentted number of new, reinstated and life members and has inspired the support of the largest group of dedicated officers, unprecdented in the annls of the Society.

The current President is Ralph Phillips of Israel.



 Each year on the last Monday of January the society celebrates World Local Post Day. The event was established in 1989, by late President Ralph Wilson, as National Local Post Day. The purpose was to create awareness in local posting. At this time, numerous members design special local post stamps and superbly decorated covers for exchange with other members.

To further affirm our international status, beginning in 2006, then President Lo Preiato changed the name of the celebration to World Local Post Day.


Local Posts



Bardoom Local Post

California Men’s Colony Local Post

Caprio’s Post

Cedar Island Local Post

Chautauque Lake Local Post

Clipperton Island

Crush Local Post

Enotria Local Post

Fort Findlay Local Post

Gamble Mansion Local Post

Hood’s Local Post  

Jordan’s Bicycle Express

Kinja Local Post

McDonald Territory

 Mistral Poste Locale

Pabay Local Post

Paulovia Post

Philosateleian Post

Polar Bear Local Post

Rattlesnake Island 

Rose Island

Socialist Local Post

Summerville Local Post

Shrub Oak Local Post

Zion’s Local Post




Historical List of LPCS Officers & staff  

Honoring the late David Miller Stirling

The Lundy Changling?

A Brief History of Lundy Island

A Brief History of Herm Island

A Brief History of Enyhallow Island

Israeli Emergency Mail

World Cup 2010 Issues

US Philippines Guerilla Mail

Corky’s Trike Express: St  Charles to Clinton MO


Island of Pabay: Pope’s Visit to Scotland


Massachusetts Coorectional Institution’s 906 Local Post (circa 1969)


Pabay Astute


World Local  Post Day 2011


World Local Post Day 2012




A modern Local Post is not a governmental affiliated postal entity, but rather a philatelic novelty. Anyone can establish a Local Post: Simply select a name and a unit of currency, real or fictitious; design and print the stamps for your entity; obtain a cancel and you’ re ready to roll. Many collectors find local posting both an enjoyable and rewarding experience . . . a truly creative, affordable, fun alternative.

Local Post stamps, more commonly known as labels or Cinderellas, have no postal value; genuine postage is required for a letter to be delivered through the governmental postal system. Modern Local Posts stamps and covers are collected and/or exchanged with other collectors worldwide. It has been estimated that there are well over 3,000 Local Posts operating around the globe.

No permits of any kind are required to operate a Local Post;, although, certain restrictions may apply:
1) Local Post stamps may not be affixed on the upper right corner on the address side of an envelope, but rather on the lower left side or the reverse side of the envelope.
2) Local Post stamps and cancellations should not resemble their government counterparts

Generally, Local Post Directors, Operators or Postmasters, design, produce and issue a variety of stamps annually honoring a multitude of subjects and events; some actual other, fictitious. Sophisticated cancels are also created to complement the local stamps. It’s not uncommon for a Local Post to issue a stamp with the identical theme and date that coincides with the release of an issue of a Governmental Postal Administrations . . . an interesting way to create combo First Day Covers; a superb collectible!

During the mid-1800’s, prior to the establishment of governmental postal systems, functional private Local Posts were established in Europe and in the United States to deliver mail to islands and remote areas of the country. In 1861, the US Congress, aware of the profitability of private mail deliveries, enacted a law creating its monopoly on all mail deliveries. Countries around the globe had preceded or followed in the footsteps of the United States in this new profitable endeavor.

906 Local Post


Walpole MA


Courier Post




Rattlesnake Local post


Rattlesnake Island, Ohio




Poulsbohemija Local Post of Poulsboro, Washington


Pigeon Post






Top of Form

UPO: stamps NOT identified.
UPO: unidentified stamps
a) “UPO”: Problems of identification
Remember the UFO (Undefined Flying Object), unidentified flying objects? Well with a similar acronym that is to say, “UPO”, the noted American collector Richard Scott wanted to point out those mysterious stamps that are difficult to identify. UHP stands for “Unidentified Philatelic Objects”, ie Philatelic Unidentified Object.


Who among us has never been faced with a mysterious rectangle of paper, apparently a stamp, which however could not be given its due place and cataloging?


These stamps end up forgotten, the last page of our classifiers, maybe in a little envelope that says UNCLASSIFIED.

There ‘s the way to tackle the problem of identification of stamps in an organic way? There are books that help in this? The Internet can help in some way in solving the mysteries of our philatelic?




 With this page I hope to give some useful suggestion, especially young people, enabling them to see clarified many of their problems of identification, while for a complete solution of the problem I have to say that it is virtually impossible.


Even today, after a long experience I myself have a stamp of my overflowing filing UPO. However, even when at a distance of years, I find in the auction catalog or in some specialized catalog the image of my UPO, well, the joy of the “discoverer” and “researcher” gives me a shiver of pleasure, even if Then instead of the stamp to be an expensive and rare stamps locally, is instead a tax of some native Indian state.

To solve our problems of identification must have at least one global catalog, tipoYvert & Tellier (France), Stanley Gibbons (English), the Michel (German), or Scott (American). Leafing through these catalogs also in the preface one learns a lot of things …

If one looks at the sections at the bottom of every nation which lists the SERVICE STAMPS, the so-called “back of the book”, ie the official stamps, telegraph, postage, Frank, etc., already you will find that many of our stamps that carry little information written or unclear, are easy cataloging. But we can not spend your life looking through the catalogs to the random search of our UHP. So then it is worth buying a good book that allows us, through a long alphabetical list containing the “subscriptions” or “imprints” on the stamps, to solve the mystery quickly, like searching for a word in a dictionary.
This book, but also other n’esistono, is the PRINT SCREEN IDENTIFIER Linn’s, published by the renowned American weekly Linn’s Stamp News. See site for information on availability, price and any online order.


Seguiamone a little ‘commenting on the scheme, and then see if we can also save money by some of the book list similar to the existing network.





Four are the questions he puts to the collector who holds a UPO:
– It ‘a stamp?
– What evidence do I have that has a stamp for the pre payment of the postal service, rather than something else?
– If a stamp is not what it is?
– If it’s a stamp as an institution (usually a nation) has been issued and what is in the catalog?

b) What do you do with a UPO:
I would say the first thing to do is to examine carefully our UPO and read everything there ‘written on it (inscriptions and overprints) (eg in Fig. 2) as well as investigating the design and the face value and the currency. The thing you can say to a novice is that the stamp (or adhesive postage stamps) normally has indicated (for the Universal Postal Union UPU standards) the name of the issuing nation, the face value, that is what you must pay for buy the small rectangle of paper stick to the envelope before you mail it.


The lack of a face value in 99% of cases indicates that the “stamp” is not such but rather a label, sticker, poster stamps, a souvenir, a sticker propaganda.


The lack of name of the nation is already an indication that indents the UPO in our categories above, or that of a tax, fee, or “back of the book”, especially if it is missing the word: MAIL, POSTAGE, CORREOS, POSTES, or equivalent.


The word tax, taxe, taxse (Fig. 1) port, frankly, revenue, marka, certainly directed toward a postage due or a tax, the word “exhibit” to the poster stamps (Fig. 4), while bienfaisance, beneficos towards so-called charity.


When he appears in the drawing the symbol of the Cross of Lorraine (with two transverse arms) you can probably think of a sticker campaign for tuberculosis (TB charity seal) (Fig. 7).




If the design of religious, military (fig. 6) or “hospital” may refer to campaigns to raise funds for orphans, refugees, wounded. It ‘clear that if they are not written in Latin characters are complicated issues and then research the inclusion of Linn’s Stamp Identifier, becomes almost a must! Enrollments and overprints with Arabic characters, Greek and Cyrillic are sections separately.


And if the enrollment is not sufficient need to go to the “images” and work for comparison. However with a little ‘of experience is able to identify even the Chinese and Japanese tax …. If the country name is the name of a city (Fig. 10) or a shipper, then there is a good probability that it is a local mail stamp. The stamps used by private postal couriers both ancient and modern are similar to stamps issued by a single city and certainly constitute a fascinating branch of philately, one of LOCALS.

Back to our UHP:
If we identified the nation just then scroll to the relevant catalog to find the stamp and its price. But if you do not find it yet? If our mysterious rectangle is still unknown we can think of three other groups of philatelic items:

1) postal, aerogrammes, “cut out” some strange UPO are actually the result of crop (cut out) the whole stamp and postcards and aerogrammes. Here the identification is facilitated by the type and thickness of the paper, by the indentation “drawn”. The crop was often done at the beginning of the century, skirting the edge of the figure (fig. 8)! The catalogs of stamps, usually do not carry postal stationery;

2) essays and tests: first stamps to be issued passes two stages, a statement of the sketch and then, if accepted, various stages of correction and proofing. So may be in the market for variety of design and color. The sages of stamps definitively accepted in small quantities, can be overprinted: “wise”, “specimen”, “muestra”, and more;




3) bogus and fantasy: there are stamps that apparently have all the trappings of ‘”adhesive postage stamps” and bear the names of geographical places exist, (eg Aceh (fig. 11) Kosovo (fig. 12) bracket (fig. 5), Nagaland (Fig. 3), Kurdistan, South Moluccas, Socotra) but have never officially issued stamps, or fancy names (eg Coroco, Grand Duchy of Fenwick, Gilbert & Sullivan, (fig. 13) etc..


These cartoons were printed in time to defraud collectors improvident. Such “bogus stamps or fantasy” are part of a large family of so-called CINDERELLA stamps. With this name we indicate all the stamps that do not appear on all major catalogs worldwide. Among the various categories of Cinderella stamps as well as various “back of the book” I would cite: stamps “to strike”, the Christmas stamps (fig. 9), the Scout stamps (fig. 9), the Railway parcel stamps and letter (Fig. 15 ), that all the effects are real stamps and who have, or have had a postal use also officially recognized. But we dwell again on Cinderella, with a page ad hoc. To identify bogus and fantasy must carefully examine the press (usually poor level), read the inscriptions or false overprints and finally refer to specialized catalogs (see bibliography).

3) Useful Links
If after all this the mystery remains, what can you do? Talk to friends and more experienced collectors, stamp or write for a magazine, or try to send e-mail to two sites that collect philatelic collectors of the UPO, and pointing you to below.


These sites allow readers to view all the UPO and received roughly 50% of them, they quickly found another collector who recognizes them or that gives other useful information for their identification. Finally, friends or even just surveyed the FORUM of F $ F



Nagaland 1972 = bogus modern Indian state = Unrecognized label propaganda
While the labels are easily found in Nagaland,



the cards are nowhere to be found: here’s one:


 Nagalnd: dance party

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Nagaland is a land of picture post card landscapes, lush and verdant flora, peopled by 15major tribes, who have hundreds of years of tradition as warriors and headhunters. Christian missionaries were able to convert almost the entire population to Christianity, from the earlier animist practices. Considered remote, and full of hazards, it is now easily accessible. The Nagas are a fun loving and deeply religious people, having a tradition of handicrafts, folklore, dances and music. Here traditional folk songs, eulogizing ancestors, and brave deeds, poetic love songs, gospel songs and modern pop tunes go hand in hand. For a people known to be headhuntersin the past, they are remarkably warm hearted and hospitable. The salubrious climate, is an added attraction, for a year round holiday, except perhaps for the monsoons. The Nagaland is fast modernizing – but the Nagas still retain their tribal culture and values. However do not expect to see people in the tribal costumes, as shown on this web site in every day life. These fabulous costumes are worn on festivals and other special occasions.


Nagaland is reached by road from Guwahati, Shillong, Jorhart, or Kaziranga or directly by air to Dimapur airport. The rail head is a Mariani.

Kohima Capital City – a peep into Naga traditions and culture

Reached by a 74 kms road journey from Dimapur Airport, it is located at an altitude of 1444 meters. Kohima is the headquarters of 15 major tribes, with amazing diversity in dress, Customs, language and traditions. Main attractions are –

  • State Museum is a “must see” for an over view of tribal lifestyles
  • War Cemetery is a symbolic memorial to the sacrifices made by soldiers from many nations who halted the Japanese invasion of India at Kohima in the Second World War.
  • Gurttel Handloom and Handicraft outlet has a fine collection of saleable tribal shawls, hand bags, wood carvings, sarongs, cane and bamboo handicrafts, and ready wear garments of traditional weaves designed for modern taste
  • Kewkima Village is an admixture of past and present
  • Kohima Cathedral reflects traditional architectural style in a modern building set in nature
  • Zoological Park houses the rare Blyth’s Trogopan, and other fauna.

Japfu Mountain Range –Pastoral paradise

The range of mountains on which Kohima is located offers opportunities to explore the lovely mountain countryside of Nagaland and its traditional villages.

  • Khonoma Village located close to Kohima, offer an opportunity to see local lifestyles and meet people
  • Japfu Peak rising to 3048 m is only 15 kms from Kohima and offers trekking option with panoramic views
  • Dzokou Valley at elevation of 2483 m, located 30 kms from Kohima, offers unadulterated nature. Easy trek to see dwarf bamboos, mountain streams, wild flowers, Rhododendrons, and other flora.
  • Dzulekie Valley located 40 Kms from Kohima at elevation of 2133 m has a river flowing through deep gorge, with rainbow trout. It is surrounded by green hills, waterfalls, and grazing domesticated bison.
  • Touphema Angami Tribal Tourist Village; set up to enable tourist to live in ethnic huts with modern facilities, with a chance to explore surrounding Angami villages

Wokha and Mokukchung Ao and Lotha tribes

Reached by a 80 Kms roar journey from Kohima, Wokha is at the hub of the habitat of the Lotha tribe. It can also be approached from Jorhat airport in Assam. The picture post card, hill top villages are worth exploring.

Mokokchung  town is located 162 Kms from Kohima It can also be reached from Jorhat airport in Assam. This town is the cultural hub of  the Ao tribe. Main attractions are the villages located close by . These are –

  • Longkhum Village: renowned for its head hunters in the past is just 17 kms away.
  • Ungma Village is a centuries old Ao tribal Village worth visiting for peep in to folklore, customs and traditions.
  • Mopungchukit and Impur villages, which are attempting to revive ancient Ao culture, under the leadeship of the  Baptist Mission Center.


Sema Nagas at Zunabotu

Located 150 kms from Kohima and 70 Kms from Mokokchung, Zonubotu is the home of the Semas- the martial tribe with ceremonial war costumes.

Satoi Range with its virgin forests, and Rhododendrons is ideal for camping and trekking.

Ghosu bird sanctuary is an example of community preservation. Maintained by the village community. The sanctuary is home to 20 species of endangered birds and migratory birds.

Tuensang – Changs, Yimchungers, Khiamungans, Sangtams, Sema and Phom tribes

Located 269 Kms from Kohima the tribes of this area have a rich cultural heritage, colourful attire and heart warming song and dance. Saramati Peak, 3841 meters- the highest peak of Nagaland is located in the district. .Two days of trekking from Pungro village is required to reach the peak. Longtrok village offers lovely panoramic views.

Phek & Pfotsero – Chakasang habitat

145 Kms for Kohima, Phek is the center of Chakasang culture. Home of colourful orchids and the rare Blythe’s Tragopan, Pfutsero, is coldest township in Nagaland located at 2133 meters elevation. Grows apples. Believed to be the originating place for the southern tribes.

Mon – home of the Konyaks

Located 357 Kms from Kohima it is better approached from Dibrugarh in Assam. Konyaks are distinctive with tattooed faces, feathered head gear and traditional dresses. The tribals are adept artisans and skilled craftsmen. Wood carvings, machetes called daos, guns, gun powder, heir brushes, necklaces and more.



 United States: New York 1936 Exhibition poster stamps



 UK: Isle of Staffa = carriage label, stamp for local mail transport to the coast of Scot


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The Isle of Staffa’s main feature is Fingal’s Cave which is also listed as an attraction on TA.

Staffa was made famous following visits from Queen Victoria and Felix Mendleson who immortalised it in his Hebridean Overture.





 Sweden pa post (mail) = 1 vignette World War for military


poster stamp label vignette viñeta poster stamps labels vignettes viñetas / Sverige Suecia Suede


 Italy = 1966 label campaign tuberculosis (ATB seal)




 Great Britain: 1937/47 cut out of King George VI = clipping from postal stationery



 Great Britain: 1995 Caerphilly Scout: Scout Christmas Post: postal service “the holidays” in the UK



 Germany: 1867 Bergedorf German city = classic local mail, courier city



 Sumatra Indonesia: Aceh supposed Dutch state of 1882 (reproduction) of bogus classic




 Yugoslavia: Kosovo
(At face value, supposed to internal mail!) = bogus modern 1999



 Gilbert & Sullivan = fantasy: plagiarism of stamps of Gilbert and Ellice



 USA 14: Modern Shrub Oak Local = e 1996 (the stamp is the dog Alfie, who is said to hand over the post in the village!)



15 Great Britain: 1978 Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway letter stamps = (private carriage of mail by narrow gauge railway)


Meanwhile, those who want to challenge themselves to identify many stamps would UPO and maybe even earn $ 500, can try to identify the 3,736 stamps (Ini this site
It is unclear how to win … seen that there is some ‘ambiguity: they say it “will identify those $ 500” most “(ie” most “) of the 3736 stamps.” I think it’s an advertising site to attract new collectors to enter their Forum and join the site … take information. As regards the difficulty … I looked and there are marks very easy, if it is to say the ONLY country of origin (but make sure that “own” the stamp is cataloged with those colors and the face value … that takes away a lot of time. ..), then there are also stamps with overprints very difficult “private” … so I think that we let him go to someone COMPETITION ‘other, but we could maybe take some STAMP “special” … do it yourself, and propose it in our quiz on the FORUM!

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Basic info:

The two sites are:
a) ~ RickScott / Unidentified / Unident.html
Richard Scott very nice to see other UPO to browse and compare with your own … but the site no longer updated … why do not you answer to vs. questions.
b) to Stefano Adinolfi and Casper: this site is quite dynamic and should be up to date
Finally I had promised to show you where to find lists of sites similar to that of “Linn’s stamp identifier” (information about this valuable book to, they are:
1) Site: company’s home page ISWSC that, on request, is also an identification service for its members (see: http://www.geocities .com/iswsc1/iswsc_about_us.html BM9 #), is the topic “World wide stamp identifier”, there are lists of inscriptions and overprints that can help us:
– For our alphabet:
– For Greek and Cyrillic characters:
– For Bogus (with pejorative meaning it indicates a “stain”, but there are classics that are beautiful Bogus):
– For labels that are sometimes passed off as stamps (hence the bogus) there is also:
– Then there’s the site that contains lists interesting, similar to previous research in which the identification takes place in several ways: by name, country, name recognition, and overprinting for images of stamps with a few references in the drawing.
2) More generally, if you have questions to ask about a topic you can refer to the philatelic Q & A site or subjecting yourself vs. the. question.
 Bibliography and useful websites:
The catalog in French, but with introduction in English, the house Yvert & Tellier: “Tome de reference des catalogs” 2003 (subtitled “The handbook of philatelic research”), is very comprehensive and detailed and contains all types of registration and overprints that appear on stamps, plus all the information to identify the UPO and with references to the nation they belong. The volume can also order online at: 19.90 Euro
An interesting English glossary of philatelic terms is:
on Entity (about 700) who officially issued stamps:
– See the volume: Linn’s World Stamp Almanac published in 2000 (in the chapter on the stamp-issuing Entitites)
 and also on his site: =
stamps on local mail and courier services see the following books:
– Specialised catalogs BILLIG’s # 6. Handbook of the Private Local Posts by Hurt & Williams 1950
– International Encyclopaedia of stamps by Mac Kay 7 volumes 1971
– Michel Spezial-Katalog der deutschen Privatpostmarken 1998
– Scott Specialized for 2001 and U.S.
– Stamp catalogs on modern premises:
– Sweden in 1999 Facit catalog
– Holland to see the catalog “Catalogus van Nederlandse stadspostzegels” SPP association since 2000.
– United States see the magazine Art Association LPCS, visit:
plus an unknown number of specialized catalogs that we can not sort here;
on bogus classics:
– Fred Melville’s “Phantom Philately” published by E. Bertrand Lucerne 1950
– Georges Chapier “Les timbres de fantaisie” published by E. Bertrand Lucerne 1938
on bogus classics and more recent:
– “Les timbres de Fantaisie et officiels not.” 4 volumes edited by A. Bourdi France circa 1977
stamps to strike:
– Various volumes of Clive Smith, will give details
– If the British postal strike stamps Catalogue compiled & edited by G. Rosen
– Catalogue de Greve des Postes 1971 Gran de-Bretagne. A Bourdi 1977
Scouts and Christmas stamps on mail: site
surcharge on stamps of the Spanish Civil War:
– “Catalogue de los locales sellos emitidos espanola civil war during 1936-1939.” Published in 1995 by the Spanish Federation.
Cinderella and stamps on local mail:
– The quarterly magazine The London Philatelist Cinderalla that forty-five years is the most important industry and is the organ of Cinderalla at Stamp Club Information: Roger Hudson PO Box 172, Coventry CV6 6NF UK The annual fee for 2005 is 16 pounds


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