Sunday, July 18, 2010

CANTHARIDIAN ARTIST STAMPS/ The Mystic Muse/ A block of four stamps from a sheet of twelve cinderella stamps from the micronation of Cantharidia/ CYBERSTAMPS featuring the digital art of Eric Whollem




The Mystic Muse
Cantharidian Postal Service
2010
by Eric Whollem
Copyright by the artist

Stamps From Cantharidia

These stamps are denominated in the old fashioned British 'tuppence,'
which means 'two cents.'  I have taken the artistic liberty of making
Cantharidia a stamp issuing micronation based on a Brittanic model.
Some of the stamps of Cantharidia are earmarked with denominations
of a shilling, which is designated by '1/-', etc.

'Cinderella stamps' began in Britain in the 1930's with a privately
printed set of Alice in Wonderland pseudo postage stamps. Thus far
no complete record has ever been made of the number of such faux
postage stamps thus far invented. But one count gave us an approximate
figure of 50,000 stamps designs. It is not possible currently to tell how
accurate this number is.

For an interesting article on Gerald M. King's Alice in Wonderland stamps see:

For a concise definition of 'cinderella stamp' see this link:

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