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A classic complete forgery is the Pro Filatelia stamp from 1931. It was made by a man named Salli (the same person who made the fake overprints with Stamp Exhibition 1928). In fact fakes are easy to spot: Genuine stamps are line perforated in sheets, so the stamps are easy to separate. Fakes are cut outs from unperforated sheets. Genuine stamps have regular small 'dots' of paper fibres all around. Fakes have quite smooth edges. Besides the colour of fakes is more black. If you compare the two stamps closely, you will find several printing differences besides. This copy I found in Australia(!)
Bjørn Hinnerichsen (10-11-2017) If you click on the picture to make it bigger, you have to move the enlarged picture a bit to the left and down. I don't know, why it behaves this way!
Bjørn Hinnerichsen (10-11-2017) Oh, I forgot to tell: My copy has no gum on the back. Probably this applies to all fakes!
JuhaT (14-11-2017) Nice discovery! According to Olamo's handbook this one is a trial print. Salli's proper forgery has roulette line perforation and the graphics have been improved. Still waiting to get one...
Pic behaves odd, because it has so much white area. Cropping would help.
Bjørn Hinnerichsen (14-11-2017) You are so right! It's a Salli's trial print!! Wau, a trial print for a forgery :-)
Bjørn Hinnerichsen (14-11-2017) I have studied Ossa's book at bit closer. Let me quote from it (p 85): 'Some 400, not perforated, were confiscated by Sweedish Officials in 1945 and may still exist there'. I wonder, if this forgery may originate from the not perforated copies confiscated in Sweden?
JuhaT (16-11-2017) Comparing the item with the two pics in Olamo's handbook I'd say trial. The graphics are inferior to the final print.
But if the two repros in the handbook are of different quality -could be- it could be either way. Hard to tell, because I don't have this fake at all.
Bjørn Hinnerichsen (17-11-2017) Today I decided to compare a (real) fake (HFF) with a genuine stamp. They are scaring close to each other! Even small details are the same. To me Olamo's description in the handbook is to vague: Uneven printing and Coarser rouletting. I have 6 genuine stamps at hand and the picture in the hadbook. There MUST exist some printing difference, which will make the forgery easier to spot! And I found it at last: On the fake, to the left at the base of the crown there is a small triangular opening. I have marked it with a small arrow. This opening is CLOSED on genuine stamps. It is not a big verification mark, but can be observed without a magnifying glass. Should anybody be the happy owner of a 'real' forgery, it would be nice to hear and see how it looks as a scan!
Bjørn Hinnerichsen (17-11-2017) Same problem with picture from HFF handbook as last time: Pull it down and a little to the left and you will have a nice and detailed scan!
JuhaT (23-11-2017) Truth is in details.
You found a good one. All in all Salli is missing some small finishing: Look at the Lion's eye - he is sleeping: a curved line with Salli, some more detail in the original. The serifs in letters are weak while they are more distinct in the original. The star in SUOMI * FINLAND looks smaller and fat.
Same answer to the same pic problem: after scanning you need to crop the scanned jpg.
Bjørn Hinnerichsen (26-11-2017) If you have become curious to learn at bit more about the most unusual life of Salli, you can find it here (in English): https://www.filatelia.fi/forgeries/salli.html Enjoy!
Bjørn Hinnerichsen (26-11-2017) The link became somewhat difficult to copy, so I try once more. https://www.filatelia.fi/forgeries/salli.html
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