Notes from the Past

Taylor, Samuel Allan

(1838-1913).  A notorious producer of bogus stamps, known as 'the Master Grafter' and leader of the 'Boston Gang'.  He was at the height of his fraudulent career in the period 1863-70, and for one of his productions, a fictitious U.S. local, used his own portrait in the design!  Among his more audacious frauds was to add his own 10¢. value to the then current issue of Prince Edward Island, and to produce a stamp for Paraguay at a time when stamps had not been introduced into that country.  He was also responsible for the Stamp Collector's Record, the first philatelic publication in North America, which appeared for the first time in February 1864 and ran for more than forty numbers.
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
 Posted January 29, 2000

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