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This post focuses on Iowa-related cinderellas that relate to, or were sponsored by the small city of Council Bluffs.  Council Bluffs, a city of 62,000 in 2010, is located in southwestern Iowa, directly across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska.  For many years in 1930s into the 1960s it was an active center of philately, especially for the Trans-Mississippi Philatelic Society. The first item below is a poster stamp issued for the city's centennial in 1936.  The covered wagon and pioneer represent the many 19th century settlers who used Council Bluffs as a jumping off point to move westward. The stamp is in dark blue printed on a pink paper.


The second item is an another Council Bluffs poster stamp of similar format, but, in this case, to celebrate and publicize Iowa's Territorial Centennial Exposition held in Council Bluffs in 1938.  It is also dark blue, but printed on a yellowish paper.  



The third item, and last item for this post, is a souvenir sheet sponsored by the Council Bluffs Philatelic Society and the Trans Mississippi Philatelic Society Chapter No. 2.  It commemorates the TMPS's annual convention held at the Chieftain Hotel, Council Bluff's finest, in 1936.  It again depicts a covered wagon and settlers beginning their westward journey.  This sheet was printed in four colors, red, blue, brown, and green.  To date, I have only the red printed on a buff colored paper.


My next post will feature more Trans Mississippi Philatelic Society items from conventions held in other Iowa locations.

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The Trans-Mississippi Philatelic Society (TMPS), sadly now defunct, was a vibrant organization from the 1930s into the 1980s.  It issued many souvenir sheets and advance labels.  My collection of its issues is small and lacking many.  My focus has been on the Iowa-related items, but I have only a few.  The earliest I have is show above, the 1936 souvenir sheet issued for the exhibition of that year held in Council Bluffs.  I will post the others that I have in chronological order below:

The annual convention moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1938 and the TMPS issued one souvenir sheet in four colors, brown, blue, red, and black.  I have only the brown.



Nine years late, the TMPS returned to Cedar Rapids and issued a set of four souvenir sheets in two designs.  The first design was printed in black.  Design two was issued in three colors, red with black text, blue with black text, and gray-brown with black text.  I do not have the gray-brown sheet.  There was also an advance label for the 1947 convention.  I have it only on cover. 

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The advance label


The Cedar Valley Stamp Club hosted the 1952 meeting in Waterloo, Iowa, and issued one souvenir sheet in three colors, black, green and purple.  I have only the black. 


In 1956 the convention moved to Des Moines where the TMPS issued no souvenir sheets and only two advance labels.  The labels were the same design and differed only in space between the September dates at the bottom.  The smaller of the two had the date numerals spaced 4mm apart, the larger 6 mm apart.   I have only the label with numerals 6 mm apart.



In 1966, Sioux City hosted the convention and the TMPS issued souvenir sheets in three different designs.  I have only the one shown.  The other two depicted an portrait of Sioux Indian chief War Eagle with the second showing an early Sioux City postmaster.  There were also two advance labels issued depicting the logos of the TMPS and the Sioux City Stamp Club.  I have neither label.


The last Iowa-related TMPS cinderellas I have are from the 1966 meeting, again, in Iowa capitol of Des Moines.  Three sheets were issued depicting an early Des Moines post office and corresponding cancel.  The colors are yellow-orange, green & blue. 


My goal is to collect all of the TMPS cinderellas beginning with the Iowa issues with a long way to go for completion.

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I am continuing today with a sample of the Sabor of the Midlands Iowa cinderellas.

Sabor of the Midlands cinderellas appear in a variety of formats and paper colors, souvenir sheets and singles, plus full sheets imperforate and perforated stamps. They can readily be found for sale on eBay for not much money.  

The stamps  recognize the twentieth anniversary of Russell Sabor's employment at Midland Laboratories in Dubuque, Iowa.  I have not found much information about Sabor, or where he he was from, other than he worked in Dubuque, Iowa.  Apparently, Sabor, and a brother, were collectors and, possibly, one or both designed the issue.  

Originally, I thought the word at bottom center of this item was Cacoairlustr and that it was the name of a product, perhaps, a cosmetic or hair care product of some kind.  A few years ago, however, James Drummond who is, with little doubt, the current expert on U.S. cinderellas, told me that I had mis-identified the product.  It was not Cacoairlustr, but Lacoairlustr and that it was a cleaning and polishing product for smooth and lacquered surfaces.  That solved an on-going mystery for me and I was most grateful for the help.  I have always found this an attractive item and it is a valued part of my Iowa-related cinderellas collection.

Below is a souvenir sheet and a set of imperforate singles in different colors.  This issue with its variety of colors and formats could make a small collection in its own right.  One of my collecting goals is to find a Sabor of the Midlands cinderella on cover, preferably tied.  I have been watching for one for over 20 years without ever encountering a single example.  The search continues, however.

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Imperforate singles



Below are two advance labels for the Iowa State Fair and the All-Iowa Fair in Cedar Rapids. The circular Iowa State Fair label is printed on gold and blue foil and does not scan well because of light reflection. 


I will conclude today with advance labels publicizing the annual tulip festival in Orange City, Iowa.  This festival began in 1936 and is now (2020) in its 80th year.  The festival was not held during the WW II years of 1942-1946.  This item is the first I have seen and the only one I have.  I don't know if others were printed over the years.  The individual labels are rouletted for easier separation. My scanner does not accurately portray the buff colored paper on which the red text and images are printed.



More to follow another day.

Don StampHinger




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