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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 August 2017 at 23:45
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Originally posted by Daniel Daniel wrote:

After much searching I have found, online, a French newspaper, Le Petit Parisien, from 17th June 1927 concerning the death (suicide) of our old friend Delandre or Gaston Fontanille. There is even a picture of him!


The story is on page 1 and you can zoom in on the article.

The headline reads:

The Crook Fontanille
researched in vain for two years
It Was Suicide... Incognito

Having gone on the run over a previous scam (involving silver foxes), he moved to Marseille in 1925 under yet another assumed name, Baron Edmond Picarat. There he began another scam involving setting up a charity for leprosy. On the verge of being arrested he committed suicide by taking poison on 10th March 1927. This final identity was, perhaps, his greatest success despite his failure and despite his suicide! He was buried as Picarat and in L'Echo d'Alger for 11th March 1927 (in contrast to the headline in Le Petit Parisien) the headline ran: A Knight of Industry.

The connection to Fontanille was not made for several months when his body was exhumed and re-buried under his real name. Gaston Fontanille was a conman well before he produced his stamps under the name Delandre which was just one of many names that he used in his lifetime. He was never a successful conman, in 1923 it was reported that he had been arrested 15 times!

The stamps, of course, also another scam, represent his lasting legacy.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 August 2017 at 04:58
The public often like to read about scoundrels - providing they weren't a victim of a con
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Here is an interesting item that I picked up recently. It is an envelope, quite small, about 2" by 3", with a stamp promoting French Red Cross stamps. I assume it contained further Delandres originally but it came with this leaflet advertising an album with 400 stamps!



Image (11) by Spicer57, on Flickr
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Sadly,  much of the above Delandre information is incorrect.  There are six Delandre catalogues and all are available at Website posterstamps.org.uk   The CSC has not produced any catalgue.  Delandre comitted suicide in Marseille in 1927.

By the way, the first 5 volumes of the Delandre catalogues also state that Delandre died in prison in 1923. Little wonder that this error is repeated.
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Originally posted by Daniel Daniel wrote:

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Sadly,  much of the above Delandre information is incorrect.  There are six Delandre catalogues and all are available at Website posterstamps.org.uk   The CSC has not produced any catalgue.  Delandre comitted suicide in Marseille in 1927.


By the way, the first 5 volumes of the Delandre catalogues also state that Delandre died in prison in 1923. Little wonder that this error is repeated.


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