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Eagle Stamp F5's
Some background about Eagle forgeries
This section has been added to provide a context and links for viewing the newly discovered Eagle F5 forgeries.
Cat. #1 Forgery type 5
Historically, few writers or collectors were interested in differentiating between one forgery and another -- it was hard enough to separate genuine stamps from forgeries; unless you collected forgeries, the difference between one and another was irrelevant.
- But it was and is important to know when you have a forgery, and within a year of original issue, forgeries of Przedbórz stamps were reported in the philatelic literature. (E.g., F1 forgeries are illustrated in [Anon. 1919] in Illustrowane Wiadomosci Filatelistyszne, 4 January 1919, pp. 7-8.)
- In the 1920's, 30's, and 40's, writers didn't illustrate forgeries at all, as much as I can tell.
- Schroeder  seems to be the first writer to illustrate more than one type of forgery. (F1's and perhaps F2's or F3's.)
Some writers (e.g., Głuszek) recognized perhaps two varieties: ones with a dot on the left wing (F4's here) and ones without the dot (F1,2,3,5).
- I believe Alex Penn [ca. 1953] was the first English-language writer to identify four types of 1st Issue forgeries. He was followed by Blunt  and Barefoot .
These three British writers seem to be the only ones who have illustrated four types of Przedbórz 1st Issue stamps.
- To the best of my knowledge, this website is the first publication to identify five types of 1st Issue forgeries. (But I'd like to be wrong about this.)
F5's were first described on this website on 1 Feb. 2009. A shorter discussion was published in the Polonus Bulletin in 2010 (see Ginsburg  in the Przedbórz Bibliography.)
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Cat. #2 Forgery type 5
Last modified 24 Feb. 2013