Cinderella philately does seem to
love their rogues. A. C. Roessler - as such a rogue - has a lot to answer for to the
philatelic world. He put items on the market with doubtful and deceptive provenance.
Issues of many sorts and "from" many places came from the fertile and slightly
dishonest mind of Mr. Roessler of East Orange, New Jersey. Perhaps that is why collectors
today - nearly fifty years after his death - are eager buyers of his products, such as the
bogus Newfoundland "essay."
In 1922, Newfoundland commissioned an engraved airmail stamp essay,
printed by the company of De La Rue in shades of red-brown (imperforate) or in sepia with
black or sepia with blue (perforated 14 x 131/2). In 1931. Roessler offered an embossed
lithographed stamp for sale in ads worded to promote the impression that it was the De La
Rue essay. It has a red-brown center surrounded by a dark green frame. Apparently
perforated 11, the stamp is in actual fact die-cut to produce a perforated edge. This is
easily seen since the "perforations" have green edges.
Since the stamp is perforated in the embossing and cutting operation,
there can be no multiples of this stamp. Offered in 1931 at 50 cents each, these stamps
are now sought by collectors of Aviation topics as well as Canadian collectors and those
who enjoy the darker side of bogus philately, and bring prices considerably higher than
the one asked by Roessler. That would certainly make him very happy.