Before you read this blog post about LOCAL POSt please read following blog post researched and written by me, so you are aware of all kinds of Cheating and Forgeries going in philatelic collection.
1) 1948 Stamps False hope of Riches?
2) 1948 Gandhi Stamps: Are False hope of Riches - Part II ?
3) 1948 Gandhi Mourning Private FDC : Are False hope of Riches - Part III?
4) 1948 Expensive Gandhi FDC : Are False hope of Riches - Part IV?
5) 1948 Gandhi Stamps Early Usage cover : Gandhi Stamps Are False hope of Riches - Part V?
6) Maxi Card sold for $5100 with 1948 Gandhi Stamps - False hope of Riches - Part VI?
7) Indian Philately Exposed
8) Indian Philately Exposed - Part II
After reading above blog post don't you think it's a BIG SCAM in philatelic world.!!
Recently I saw a postcard which has USA 1961 Gandhi stamps as well as Shrub Oak Local post stamp. A very interesting 1964 Shrub Oak Local Post Postcard signed and mailed to Luexmbourg by Herman Herst to a customer. The card was evidently returned to Mr. Herst with a note from customer. This card is from the personal collection of famed dealer and writer Herman Herst Jr.
A local post is a mail service that operates only within a limited geographical area, typically a city or a single transportation route. Historically, some local posts have been operated by governments, while others, known as private local posts have been for-profit companies. Today, many stamp collectors operate hobbyists' local posts, issuing their own postal "stamps" for other collectors but rarely carrying any mail.
The world renowned philatelist, the late Herman Herst Jr., is considered the father of the modern United States local post having started his Shrub Oak Local Post in the early 1950s. He called his issues "stamps" and most local posters today call their issues "stamps" also. It was the philatelic press that got into the practice of calling them local post "labels" so as not to confuse beginning collectors. (From Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_post )
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