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Local issues in the Confederate States were issued in (1861): Athens, Baton Rouge, Beaumont, Bridgeville, Charleston, Danville, Emory, Fredericksburg, Galatin, Gollad, Gonzales, Greenville, Greenwood, Grove Hill, Halletsville, Helena, Independence, Jetersville, Kingston, Knoxville, Lenoir, Livingston, Lynchburg, Macon, Marion, Memphis, Mobile, Mt. Lebanon, Nashville, New Orleans, New Smyrna, Petersburg, Pittsylvania Court House, Pleasant Shade, Rheatown, Salem, Spartanburg, Tellico Plains, Uniontown and Victoria. Information on forgeries and bogus issues can be found on http://www.rfrajola.com/csa/csaindex.htm or at http://members.home.com/kr.baker/csa/fakes/ (Kevin Baker) or at http://www.jlkstamps.com/webpage/index1.htm
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(probably genuine stamps)
2 c blue
A reprint in the same design in red exists. If anybody has a picture, please contact me!
If I'm well informed three different kinds of forgeries should exist.
The genuine stamp should have large stars, the above shown forgery has smaller, more pointed stars. This particular forgery also has the '2' broken in the upper left side. Furthermore, the genuine stamps have a diamond in the 'D' of 'PAID' and a diamond at the right hand leg of the second 'A' in 'CALLAWAY'. The second 'L' of 'CALLAWAY' is closer to the bottom frame than the first 'L'. This forgery is also described in 'Album Weeds'. This forgery exists in blue, ultramarin and violet:
Several other forgeries exist, also one made by Upham. A picture can be found in 'Philatelic Forgers, their Lives and Works' by Varro. E. Tyler.
More information on the forgeries of these stamps can be found at: http://www.rfrajola.com/csa/memphis/memphis.htm.
5 c red
Forgeries, Album Weeds mentions three forgeries, examples:
The '5' in this stamp should have a large 'left bottom' as in the first picture above. Also, the 'D' is different (more square-like in the right pictures). The genuine stamp should have a diamond of the background design attached to the 'E' of 'MEMPHIS'. Just below the numeral '5' are two diamonds of the background. In the genuine stamp, they should be complete. In the forgeries, the '5' cuts off 1/3 to 1/2 of the diamonds. Other distinghuishing characteristics of this forgery are (see Kevin Baker's site): There are no diamonds at both end of the 'A' of 'PAID'. There is a half diamond just above the left bottom part of the '5'. There is a diamond just above the left leg of the 'H' of 'MEMPHIS'. No partial diamond can be seen between the 'M' and 'P' of 'MEMPHIS'. The lower part of the '5' cuts off the top half of two diamonds (in the genuine stamp, the diamonds should be directly over the 'H' and over the middle of 'IS'). Finally, in this forgery, there are 2 complete diamonds under 'H' and 'I' of 'MEMPHIS'. I do not know who made this forgery.
This forgery exists in another wrong colour:
(5 c green forgery)
Another forgery, made by Upham:
(Upham forgery, with zoom-in)
This Upham forgery has the following distinghuishing characteristics (obtained from Kevin Baker's site): There is no partial diamond between the 'M' and 'P' of 'MEMPHIS'. The '5' cuts off the top part of two diamonds. There are two complete diamonds below the 'H' and 'I' of 'MEMPHIS'.
(Reduced size, genuine)
Inscription 'MOBILE PAID POST OFFICE' 2 c black 5 c blue
Genuine stamps should have the following characteristics: a plough is visible between the two lower legs of the large star with the value inscription. Furthermore, the person in the lower right is holding a sickle, holding it with her right arm across his shoulder.
(Forgery, reduced size)
The above forgery doesn't have the corner ornaments as in the genuine stamp, I presume it is the first forgery described in 'Album Weeds'. Also the '2' is too small. In the genuine 2 c stamps, the '2' should have a straight bottom.
This is the second forgery described in 'Album Weeds'. The figure in the bottom right corner should have a sickle is his hand, but it is missing in this forgery. The '5' is slightly different from the genuin stamp. There are many other small differences.
(Left stamp genuine, obtained from a Siegel auction)
5 c red
Non-issued stamp, inscription 'W.D. McNISH. P. M. 3 CENTS. NASHVILLE' (5 types):
3 c red
The genuine stamps have the border 'broken' in several places. The following forgery doesn't show this:
Inscription 'W.D.Mc NISH.P.M. NASHVILLE,TENN'
(Genuine, image obtained from a Rumsey auction)
5 c red 5 c grey 5 c brown 10 c green
Forgeries: The genuine stamps should have a large comma behind 'NASHVILLE' and not a dot. There should be a ':' behind 'TENN' (and not a dot). The 'H' of 'NISH' is wide, in the forgeries it is small and the strokes almost touch each other. The 'T' and 'E' of 'TENN' are much larger than the 'N's.
(Probably a forgery as well)
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