Postal History of the 1941 "France Libre" Definitives Series - Stolow Covers
Stolow New York made a real mass production with these letters.

1941



I really wonder how much money is sometimes paid for these 5c/10c/15c covers!
And even the full set covers are numerous.
2014: Finaly collectors reecognised that these 5c/10c/15c Stolow covers are more or less junk - prices dropped down to about 5 bucks a cover.


Stolow Stamps
Henry and Julius Stolow (born Russians) were stamp dealers from 1920 to 1933 in Berlin. In 1936 they emigrated to Brussels and later to New York where they founded J. & H. Stolow, Wholesale Stamp Dealers. In 5th Avenue which existed until the 1970s. They were famous for having produced stamps of the non-existing "Maluku Selatan", Danish Greenland errors and other philatelic oddities.


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The "complete set" Stolow covers


  27 August 1941

A cover with the complete "France Libre" and "France Libre - Chiffre Taxe" sets on the front from Vila to New York, Air Mail with PANAIR. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 11, "Passed By Censor" mark on front. Backstamped Nouméa Aug. 29, Honolulu Sept. 2, New York Registry Division Sept. 5, New York Grand Central Sept. 6. Registration handstamp PCH type R8. (from a collector in the Netherlands)

27 August 1941
27 August 1941

Stolow registered letter No 370 ("SeSi" collection).

27 August 1941
27 August 1941

Stolow registered letter No 365 (Seen in 2007 in a Auktionen Gaertner auction).

27 August 1941

Stolow registered letter No 377 (?) (Seen in 2015 in a Universal Philatelic Auctions event.)

27 August 1941
27 August 1941
27 August 1941
27 August 1941
27 August 1941

Stolow registered letter No 357. Address area darkened: Stolow erased.
Image thanks to Sandafayre Auctions.

24 September 1941

A letter similar to the Stolow complete set covers, with the address New York, maybe Stolow erased. (Seen in an internet auction)

27 August 1941
24 September 1941
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24 September 1941

A letter similar to the Stolow complete set covers below but earlier, Stolow omitted. (Seen at Ebay in Feb 09)

24 September 1941

A letter similar to the Stolow complete set covers below but earlier, with the address New York, Stolow omitted.

28 October 1941
24 September 1941

A letter similar to the Stolow complete set covers below but earlier, with the address New York, Stolow omitted. (Seen at Ebay in Feb 09)

28 October 1941

Another "Stolow" cover with the complete "France Libre" set on the front and the complete "France Libre - Chiffre Taxe" set on the back, from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 15, "Passed By Censor" mark on back. (somewhere in Denmark)

28 October 1941
24 September 1941
24 September 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941

Another Stolow letter (seen in an auction)

28 October 1941
28 October 1941

Another Stolow letter ("SeSi" collection)

28 October 1941
7 November 1941

Both "France Libre" sets on an unaddressed official cover of the "New Hebrides Condominium Post Office" (Nouvelles Hebrides Service Postal du Condominium) O.C.S. Cancelled in VILA, with mixed PCH types 15 and 13. (Klinger coll.)

28 October 1941

Another "Stolow" cover with the complete "France Libre" set on the front and the complete "France Libre - Chiffre Taxe" set on the back, from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 15, "Passed By Censor" mark on back. (somewhere in Denmark)

19 December 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
7 November 1941
19 December 1941
16 April 1942

Cover with the complete "France Libre" set on the front and the complete "France Libre - Chiffre Taxe" set on the back, from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 11, "Passed By Censor" mark on back. Backstamped San Pedro Cal. May 27, 1942 and New York, Wall St. Station June 1, 1942. "VILLA" registration handstamp PCH type R8. (Image thanks Lugdunum Philatélie") registration handstamp PCH type R8. (Image thanks Lugdunum Philatélie")

16 April 1942
16 April 1942

Another cover with the complete "France Libre" set on the front and the complete "France Libre - Chiffre Taxe" set on the back, from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 11, "Passed By Censor" mark on back. Backstamped San Pedro Cal. May 27, 1942 and New York, Wall St. Station June 1, 1942. "VILLA" registration handstamp PCH type R8. (Klinger coll.)

16 April 1942
16 April 1942

Another cover with the complete "France Libre" set on the front and the complete "France Libre - Chiffre Taxe" set on the back, from Vila to New York. Reg.-Nr. 252.

16 April 1942
16 April 1942

Another cover with the complete "France Libre" set on the front and the complete "France Libre - Chiffre Taxe" set on the back, from Vila to New York. Reg.-Nr. 255 (Seen in a Philatélie Caphila, France auction)

16 April 1942
16 April 1942
16 April 1942
16 April 1942
16 April 1942

The 5c - 10c - 15c Bayer / Stolow covers


  28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, GK type PM7C, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. STOLOW erased. (seen in an internet auction)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, GK type PM7C, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. STOLOW erased. (seen in an internet auction)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, GK type PM7D, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. STOLOW erased. (seen in an internet auction)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, GK type PM7D, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (seen in an internet auction)

28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 13, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Klinger coll.)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 14, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Ruecker coll.)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 11, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 14, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 14, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 13, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 14, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

Three line Stolow New York Address. (Seen at Ebay in Nov 09)

28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 13, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 11, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen at an internet auction)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 11, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 14, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover but with another address for a change. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 14, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 14, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. ("Sesi" coll.)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 13, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. ("Sesi" coll.)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 14, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (seen somewhere)

28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 12, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 12, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 13, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 13, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (seen somewhere)

28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 11, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 13, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 13, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Oswald coll.)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover with 5c, 10c, 15c "France Libre" from Vila to New York, cancelled in VILA, PCH type 13, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (old b/w copy of auction item)

28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 11, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 11, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen at Ebay in July 2011)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 11, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 12, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Seen somewhere)

28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, GK type PM11B, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark.

28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, GK type PM7D, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark.

28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941

"Bayer/Stolow" cover. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 14, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Delcampe in May 2011)

28 October 1941

"Stolow" cover. This time to the Colonial Stamp Co.ancelled in VILA, GK type PM7D, together with a "Passed By Censor" mark. (Delcampe in 2014)

28 October 1941

This time with a "Holmes" address. Cancelled with a nice PM7D together with a "Passed By Censor" mark.
Image thanks to Victoria Stamp Comapany Ridgewood, NJ, U.S.A.

16 June 1949

Not a "Bayer/Stolow" cover but similar and so far unaddressed. Cancelled in VILA, PCH type 14. (offered by François Feldman, Paris in a Sept. 2011 auction)

28 October 1941
28 October 1941
28 October 1941
16 June 1949
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