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    Posted: 26 October 2020 at 11:54
There has been an important new Delandre discovery. Up until now, it had been thought that Delandre ceased producing stamps in 1917. New research shows that a series of Cinderellas known as Bonne Annee and produced in 1919/1920 were in fact produced by Gaston Fontanille. A new book, which I have ordered, also give a new timeline for Fontanille. One of the main source is likely to be French newspapers of the time, more readily available to French speakers. I look forward to reading it.

The book is called Delandre and the Bonne Annee 1920 Stamps by R G Lafreniere, published by Bird Bear Press.
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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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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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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!



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The public often like to read about scoundrels - providing they weren't a victim of a con
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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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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.
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I have now managed to acquire 3 volumes of the Delandre catalogues relatively cheaply. Reading through the vast amount of information it appears that, contrary to my previous post illustrating a part sheet, the stamps were indeed generally available in sheets supplied in brown envelopes. However, at least on eBay where Cinderellas are commonly sold singly, they are extremely rarely sold as sheets.

Anyway, here is a recent job lot featuring Red Cross Delandres:








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I don't have a catalogue. In fact I believe there are six, produced by Charles Kiddle priced at £20 each or thereabouts. He left a link here 3 years ago for mail order but that URL is out of use. The CSC have some on their publications page but not all - and you don't see what exactly you get for your money.

Personally if I had studued these I would have put my findings up on the web. By privately publishing much of the cost would be productions costs as it would be a small print run. On the web its there for all to see, not just those with £120 spare. On the web anything new can be added immediately, but a published catalogue can be out of date from the day it is sent to the printers. Any revisions can only be by an addendum slip or wait for a reprint. I would like my work to be appreciated by anybody.

I would prefer to spend that on more Delandre stamps. There are so many that there is littel chance of ever completing any series.Best to enjoy what I get. And I do enjoy these because with the range of artists used there is so many styles of design and artwork - endless variety.
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