Great Western Railway poster stamp (or Cinderella) from the 1960s

Top stamp! But not really an actual stamp.

I’m no stamp collector but this one is ace. I had to call on a philatelist or 2 to help me out on this and the info they kindly gave me is below.


The stamp is one of an extensive series, featuring locations served by various railway companies. The artwork on the bunch I have seen is so cool. There were apparently three issues of this one. One in the 1930s, one in the early 1950s and one in the 1960s (which was a straight reprint of the 1930s one, but apparently the 1930s one is not perforated ). I have managed to get a few of these and the ones I have are said to be reprints from the 60s (of the original 30s one). The 50s one had a different image. They are only worth a few quid, but a must for a collector. Right?

Basically these stamps fall in the group of the Cinderella stamps. A descriptive to cover lots of stamps that aren’t really stamps. This thing had no postal value and was sold to put on a parcel as a piece of art. It’s actual descriptive term, in this case, is a poster stamp. So it was  just purchased alongside your stamp to look nice or your package (and make a few bob for those who sold it, in this instance the GWR).

I think its totally ace!


1 thought on “Great Western Railway poster stamp (or Cinderella) from the 1960s”

  1. Fascinating to read your research on this Matt. I found one of these stamps on ebay quite a few years ago – the seller was in USA so ironically it cost me as much in postage as the sale price for the stamp . I have just looked up the information sheet that the seller kindly sent. He wrote about them sometimes being called a Cinderella, but also a mini poster or “posterette”, which made me wonder if there was a large scale poster of this image, but I have never seen one . Please let me know if you ever do. Interested that your philatelist contact told you that these stamps were sold to put on a parcel as decoration. When I met Richard Furness, a leading authority on railwayana he said these stamps were used for internal mail – but it makes more sense to me that they would have been a promotional stamp. He was extremely interested to check if my stamp was a copy or an original as he said they are rare. I often wonder if anyone ever pointed out the artist’s error in the painting. The red earth cliffs are definitely Devonian and nothing like the Newquay coastline.

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