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    Posted: 26 October 2020 at 11:29
This Cinderella is advertising the the 1932 Czech film Lelicek or Lelicek in the Service of Sherlock Holmes from Elektafilm. Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes needs a doppelganger for King Ferdinand XXIII, of the fictional kingdom of Puerto Rico, who is afraid of anarchists. Holmes finds Frantisek Lelicek, a Czech in need of money, who turns out to be a better king than Ferdinand. Sherlock Holmes was played by Martin Frick and Lelicek was played by Vlasta Burian. The film was directed by Karal Lamac.

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Here are three very different examples.

Firstly, a pair of labels issued to promote the publication of the thriller Solomons Seal by Hammond Innes published by Collins in 1980. The story is about an estate agent hired to sell a property and finds these mysterious stamps in an album and sets out find the story behind them. Nice to have them on the publisher's compliments slip. Not so long ago, I saw an example on ebay and they were described as rare Solomon Islands proofs!

Secondly, the small square stamp is a 6d  copyright stamp for the books of Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894. The copyright of books dates back to The Act of (Queen) Anne of April 1710. In the case of this revenue stamp, after the death of Stevenson's widow, Fanny, their son-in-law Lloyd Osborne inherited the estate and instigated these stamps through the Incorporated Society of Authors, Playwrights and Composers. Commonly found in the music industry, book related revenue stamps are few and far between. Copyright royalties were paid at the flat rate of 10% of the value of the book. The stamps were issued from 1924 to 1944 when, I assume, the copyright expired.

Finally, a Cinderella for the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, an imaginary state in Europe, from 1959 issued to promote a film version of Leonard Wibberley's novel The Mouse That Roared. It is a satire about a poor small nation trying to get funds from the USA and involves the threat of nuclear war. The film starred Peter Sellers playing multiple roles. The stamp, shown on piece, clearly went through the mail and is postmarked Des Moines, Iowa Oct 6 1959. Here is a quote from the book (The Duchess is talking to her prime minister and an aide):

'what do other nations do when they are short of money? I don't mean big nations, but little ones like ours?'



'They issue a new but limited series of stamps which are bought at high prices by stamp collectors all over the world.'



'We have already issued so many series of stamps,' said Benter, 'That ... it has got to the point where it actually costs us more to issue the stamps than we expect to receive in return.'

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Duchy of Fenwick I do remember.
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