Monday, June 7, 2010
I must admit - up until about three years ago, I didn't know what a Cinderella was either! I was looking on ebay for different types of Easter Seals (mainly foreign) and that's when I kept hearing the term. And then I kept looking - well, if you're a collector, you know where that gets you! :D
To me, this is pure design for design's sake. If I had been a kid when these were around, I know for a fact that I would've steamed them off of the envelopes to which they were attached. I remember doing that for the Boys Town stamps, so I certainly would've done it for these beauts! It's a shame that we probably won't see anything like this ever again; printing is so expensive and with so many people using e-commerce (or whatever it's called this week), it just wouldn't be worth the cost.
There are other types of cinderellas as well; in fact, a cinderella is technically defined as any stamp that isn't issued by the government. So that goes for political stamps, commemorative stamps, revenue stamps, old ration stamps - all kinds of fun stuff.
As I was doing research for this blog post, I discovered that there is a Cinderella Stamp Club in London which was founded in 1959. Now for an ephemera geek such as myself, I think this would be a blast. I could also become a member of this club if I wanted to but it's 18 pounds a year, or about 40 bucks. It's nice to know that it exists, though!