Monday, October 25, 2010


Today I would like to write about something different than usual. I would like to talk about cinderella. No, I’m not going to speak about fairy tales, but about the object for collection which is commonly called a “cinderella”.
What is it? Well it seems that it is easier to define what it is not! A Cinderella is everything that looks like a stamp but which is not valid for postage. There is a wide variety of cinderellas: local stamps, telegraph stamps, railway stamps, revenues/fiscals, forgeries, bogus and phantom issues, Christmas, Red Cross and other charity seals, registration labels, advertisement and exhibition labels and many other items...
The name cinderella comes from the fairy tale character who looked like a princess though she was a poor neglected girl.

Some people have specialized into collecting such items, I even know at least one club the Cinderella Stamp Club that gathers people sharing this interest. Of course this is not philately, as philately focuses only on valid postage stamps, but still, it could be interesting for topical stamp collectors to have a look to what exists in this area for their topic.
If I wanted to write about this subject it is because I recently came across several labels that picture one of my favorite subjects: frogs!
I first found two advertisement labels issued by the same company: Aecht Franck. Aecht Franck was a producer of chicory coffee and coffee flavorings. The company was founded in 1828 in Germany. In 1943 the company merged with its largest competitor Kathreiner to Unifranck, but the brand remains until 1971, when the company was bought by Nestlé. The company expanded already in the late 19th century, with factories in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia. The company produced a lot of advertising and trade cards/stamps.
The first one that I found uses the reference to fairy tales. It makes a comparison between “the most famous in kids’ world” (the fairy tale “The Frog King”) and “the most famous in the housewives world” (the coffee from Aecht Franck).

The stamp pictures a scene from the fairy tale written by Grimm brothers where the frog brings back the ball to the princess at the beginning of the tale (you can read more about this tale in
one of my previous posts).
The second label shows a frog drinking the coffee with a lizard and a grasshopper. The text below the image explains that Aecht chicory is the finest addition to any coffee beverage.

At the top of the stamp the word Juli (July in German) seems to indicate that there should be twelve labels in the series, one per month. But I think only this one pictures a frog.
The third label I found was also produced by a coffee company : Kaffee Hag. In the early 20th century, this company has issued a huge set of labels (and also associated albums) picturing coat of arms of various cities. The one that I found is from the city of Pilsting in Bavaria.

The stamps of the series have been designed by the artist Oto Hupp, hence the O and H in the bottom corners of the image.
The back of the label contains some written information.

First the number of inhabitants of the city (1073) according to the 1910 census. Then the description of the coat of arms (Wappen) : a green frog on a red background.
I was not able to decipher the text that is above the number of the label (449). Then there is an ad for the Coffee Hag.
This series is a nice one for people interested in heraldic on stamps.

If you ever see another cinderella picturing a frog, don't hesitate to write to me!


Marklaro said...

Hi! Great blog! I also like stamps and postcards too. Check my blogs too!
World Stamps Postmarks
Marklaro Postcards

Querulant said...

The Text above the Number of the Label (449) is:

"These Stamps are a certain extent of the figures from the popular edition of the book about town emblems (Coat of Arms). published by Heinrich Keller, Frankfurt am Main."

Querulant said...

The Text above the Label (449) is:

These Stamps are a certain extent of the figures from the popular edition of the book about town emblems (Coat of Arms). published by Heinrich Keller, Frankfurt am Main.