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276 S C OT T'S MO N T H L Y
J O U R N A L
The issue was only two hundred, all told—one hundred of each color—and each stamp on each package was duly cancelled. The unfortunate captives fell in with the idea, for red tape seems to be as necessary to the human mechanism as food, and packages were shipped back and forth, duly stamped, sealed and delivered. “Soon the outside world heard of the “bandit stamps, and letters came from stamp collectors all over the Far East trying to purchase them. Of course there was none for sale, which made them all the more valuable. I did hear of three being sold in Shanghai for $50 gold apiece, which gives you some idea of their value. “The commotion which the stamps raised brought letters to the newspapers denouncing the “stamps, which many thought were official issues of the Chinese Government. This gave the appearance of condoning the offense committed by the bandits. “About the time that the hubbub was at its height, the captives secured their release. . . . The stamp question was dropped, but the original “stamps' continued to be just as valuable as ever, if not more so, especially after all the publicity accorded them.” “Inasmuch as there was no official postal system established for communication between the captives and the American relief party, these “stamps' will
never be officially accepted by philatelists and will not be chronicled in the American standard stamp catalog. However, the story is an interesting contribution to philatelic literature, and specialists in Chinese stamps undoubtedly will be willing to pay for copies.”
The two “bandit stamps,” one being red and one yellow, are illustrated in The American Boy. They are crude makeshifts, the yellow one being 10 cents in value, and in English—“Pao Tzu Ku Bandit Post Ten Cts.”—and the other bearing “50 Cents” and “Pao Tzy Ku” in English, and some Chinese characters.
Important If True
RANCE, says a recent Associated
Press despatch from Paris, may
abandon the use of postage stamps entirely. We read:
“Dismaying postage stamp collectors, the French Department of Posts and Telegraphs is seriously considering the abolition of stamps and the substitution of machines which will affranchise letters and packages by sealing them with a distinctive initial.
“Machines will be in all important post offices and small ones will be sold to individual users. They will work on the lines of slot machines and will be actuated by counters purchasable at all post offices and tobacconists.”
> '' Vol. 4 No. 12 FEBRUARY, 1924 ISSUE No. 48 pUBLISHED EY THE SCOTT STAMP & COIN CO. 35 WEST 4.4.1 H. S.T.
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