FRENCH INDIA Colonial stamps - Pondicherry Postmark - FORGERY ?

I wrote following  blog post about Biggest FORGERY in stamp collection involved only one single stamp.


Recently I saw FRENCH INDIA Colonial stamps - Pondicherry Postmark FDC with Gandhi stamps for $5000.!!

Because in 1948 Pondicherry was still not part of India as it was under French India so of course it will be SCARE cover, but it does not make sense at all that Indian post and telegraph will issue a special cancellation for French India post office in Pondicherry.

It's one of the example of glorified Gandhi FDC through various following means of glorification in order to make money.!!

1) Online Exhibit of Gandhi Stamps
2) Mentioned about this in Philatelic HANDBOOK.
3) Exhibiting in stamp show.

We all know how important is money in our life and we are so desperate to get money by any means of cheating in order to live a good life.

Even Experienced Gandhi stamp collector and award winning exhibitor knows all this thing going in Gandhi stamp collection, but they don't spread words in their exhibition or blogs or website about this big forgery as they don't care because their stamp collection value is increasing!! 

Also it's shameful to tell people that there is lot of Forgeries and Bogus in market, because it's affects them.!! 

Of course no one cares about this forgery in stamp collection as there is no real owner or company who will file complaint and some of the postal department don't have resources like some brand name companies of expensive items of Rolex watches or Gucci ladies purse or Burberry items.

Good life differs for each and every person. For some it's money and some don't care money for good life. 

One of the person who don't care of money was Mahatma Gandhi.

But in today's world we don't care what kind of cheating we do in order to make money even with Mahatma Gandhi is involved in it.!!

In order to make money the maker of this first day cover used Pondicherry postmark so it can be presented as RARE or SCARE FDC.!!

 If it was normal FDC with BOMBAY postmark no one will be interested as it's not RARE and it might sold for less than $300-$400!!

Now why I am thinking it's FORGERY postmark because it's does not make sense for Indian Post and Telegraph to issue this.

But to me it looks like FORGERY because it's nothing but a rubber stamp.

Following is FRENCH INDIA Colonial Pondicherry Postmark with Gandhi Stamps of India. 

Can you believe this ?

Scare FDC Gandhi 1948 India Independence Full stamp Jai Hind - Pondicherry postmark.

It is marketed as scare Pondicherry postmark.!!

But also marketed as "Less than 5 covers known to have existed.!!"

Don't know how seller knows that only 5 cover existed.

Only way seller knows if he/she or his/her family made it in 1948 or he/she inherited it and they were counting # of FDC from Pondicherry post office.!! 

Can you believe this non sense.?

If it was genuine then lot of FDC will be made because French India colonial stamps were popular and there were lot of collectors in France and other French Colonial.!!

Now compare this Pondicherry postmark with other issued or FORGED or BOGUS postmark and think what  are you getting it.

In past I compared  special cancellation issued  from BOMBAY, but in this blog post I am comparing or display which ever I saw on eBay so everyone can get idea what happened in past 65+ years or is happening currently as you read this.!!

But it's nothing like 1948 Gandhi stamps with special cancellation including forged stamps.  To me it looks like very large quantity of FORGED or BOGUS first day cover with special cancellation are roaming in the market.!!

Following are just a tip of iceberg from wide varities of 1948 Gandhi special cancellation from India.

Please look at all screenshot of 1948 Gandhi stamps with special cancellation and do SELF study before you pursue your dream or nightmare.!!

When you try to collect cancellation from different cities, then chances are that you might get BOGUS (never issued) or FORGED cancellation if it's rare available from small cities.!!

Chances are some collectors or dealers might have decided that let's create this 1948 Gandhi First Day Cover thematic collection from different cities of India.!!

Also you might see some BOGUS (never issued) or Forged cancellation from Nepal India Embassy, Pondicherry ( former French India until 1954) etc.

Compare following and you decide.!! HALF of them are BOGUS (not forgery, because it never exist or issued by P&T India.!!). You decide which are BOGUS (fantasy).

Calcutta cancellation is Forgery and Simla cancellation are both different.!!

Both SHILLONG cancellation looks different with HINDI alphabet "Jai Hind" and type & # of lines.

Compare above four cancellation from BOMBAY and check for # of lines, types of lines in center of special cancellation. (some has 7 and some has 8 and some don't make sense.!!)

Above two cancellation are from MADRAS. Only cancellation with "AUG".!! Also look at the difference between them in shapes. Also "." is missing.

Forgers have not only manufactured stamps for the philatelic market, they have added forged cancellations to those stamps.

Forged cancellations have also be applied to genuine stamps, in cases where the stamps are worth much more postally used. In addition, where rare cancellations are desired by collectors, those cancellations have also been forged.

Cancellations also may be used to prove that certain philatelic items are genuine. For example, forgers have fabricated many supposedly valuable postal covers by adding genuine stamps and forged postal markings to pre-stamp covers. (From Wikipedia)

Poona & Simla cancellation looks like BOGUS

Don't your think it's UGLY out there ?

Above two cancellation are from NAGPUR looks BOGUS. Look at the difference.

Kanpur & Patna cancellation with irregular alphabets and letters along with shapes

Delhi and New Delhi cancellation. Looks at  the difference.

Pondicherry was ruled by French India in 1948. Compare it with MADRAS which only has "AUG" where as Pondicherry has "AUGUST" even though they are very near.!!

Does ALLAHABAD & PATNA cancellation looks like GENUINE ?

What to SELF study ?

1) G.P.O missing on Simla, Nagpur and Shillong. WHY ? ( Genuine or BOGUS or Forgery)
2) Alphabet type and size : Shillong, Delhi, New Delhi
3) Shapes of special cancellation (Madras)
4) Is it AUG or AUGUST.
5) Compare lines and size inside the cancellation
6) Compare Hindi languague alphabet "जय हिन्द"
7) All kinds of different things you can think and compare.!!

To me it looks like a BIG SCAM.!!!!!! But it's upto you to decide.!!!

Now you do SELF Study and decide and think deep what  happened or happening.!!

There is nothing RARE or Scare in philately because this hobby is in downward trend because experienced collectors are loosing interest because value is not appreciating and new collectors are not coming in to this because there are lot of other things to do for them such as playing video games on Nintendo or X-box , social networking on facebook or google+ or  surfing on web through internet or SMS through iphone or android or watch games such as cricket, football or basketball on TV.

Only way philately can sustain is to stop cheating in this hobby. Yes CHEATING.!! which is what you will see in order to increase value artificially by inflating the price by SHILL bidding, not paying to seller or mutual understanding cancelling transaction and lot more.

To know more about this kind of activity read my following blog post and think what are the possibilities in cheating, glorification, SHILL bidding, FAKE, Forgery etc.

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
9) Gandhi SERVICE overprint stamp price fell from $1009 to $1.!!
10) How can you tell that Gandhi SERVICE stamp is FAKE or Forgery ?

I hope all the above will help while making decision in investing stamps and to avoid getting CHEATED.!!

Now don't you think it does NOT make sense STAMP INVESTING!! or even Collecting.!!!

Do you think it's INVESTMENT or GAME.!!

I think it's not for Investment but it's a Philatelic GAME.!!

So let's see how to play  Philatelic Game.!! (click to read how to, rules and regulations.!!)

So now what do you think about FRENCH INDIA Colonial stamps - Pondicherry Postmark - FORGERY ?

You don't see 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950,1951,1952, 1953 first day cover with other special cancellation issued from Pondicherry  even though it was still ruled by French India.!!

Look following 1952 Mirabai stamps of India with regular Pondicherry postmark from post office.

It don't have special cancellation .!! WHY ?

After 3 years of issuing Gandhi Special Cancellation they don't issue special cancellation like "Jai Hind"  for this stamps.!!

To me this circular post office postmark is nothing but a FORGED rubber stamp.!!

Why only Gandhi First Day Cover with special cancellation from Pondicherry and not poet stamps from India FDC with special cancellation and cacheted cover like following even though it was issued after 3 years.!!!

Because Gandhi FDC from Pondicherry and other smaller town (except 4 big cities) it's nothing but to CHEAT you and make you Idiot.!!

But chances of forgery of following is also likely!! so BEWARE what you are buying or collecting.!! Everything is FORGED when prices is high.!! same way like Rolex watches or Gucci ladies purse or Burberry purse.!!

So think before you start collecting FRENCH INDIA Colonial stamps - Pondicherry Postmark or any other stamp collection.

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