Notes from the Past

New Law on Forged Postmarks

Collectors should hail with gladness the interest the Federal Government is taking in the efforts to curb faking of stamps which is aimed at defrauding collectors.  The secret service has promised to go after the perforation fakers, and recently a law was enacted by Congress at the urging of Post Master General Farley, making it a crime to "forge or counterfeit any postmarking stamp or impression thereof, with intent to appear that such impression is a genuine postmarks, or shall make or knowingly use or sell, or have in possession with intent to appear that such impression is a genuine postmark, or shall make or knowingly use or sell, or have in possession with intent to use or sell, any forged or counterfeiting stamp die, plate," etc.  The penalty is $1,000 fine or imprisonment for five years, or both.

The Federal authorities are well equipped to cope with malefactors defrauding the government through counterfeiting and kindred mischief, but in the past, as a general rule, they could not be relied upon to work up any enthusiasm to go after the thieves who have been preying upon stamp collecting.  However, it now appears that Uncle Sam is much interested, and a new order is at hand.  We fervently hope so!  

- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
Stamps
October 12, 1935

Posted September 6, 1999

Editor's Note:  Quiz for the lawyers out there: Is this law still on the books?  Have there ever been any prosecutions under it?  Were they successful?

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