When I began collecting the fantastic Cinderellas designed by Mr. Gerald King (stamps, covers, proofs, trials, etc.), I spent quite a lot of time on the Internet searching and reading about Cinderellas.
Among other things, I used a great deal of time to identify the various catalogs, books etc. about the GK Cinderellas.
In this post I will gather the various reference materials for Gerald King Cinderellas … thus helping new Gerald King collectors with getting started.
Catalogue – The Postage stamps of Wonderland 1840-1865
Wonderland – 1840-1844 – 4 Plates
The original list for the 1st printing of the Gerald King Catalogue of the Postage Stamps of Wonderland 1840-71 – Including the territory of Looking-glass Land
The list is smaller than A4, with no pictures, only text describing the different stamps) and with the text “Catalogue for the 1st Printing” written on the top of the page.
On the back of the list the following is written: “Original Catalogue 1965, dealing with the first printings, large format, Black on colored papers, Perf. 11 3/4″…
1st printing (1965, black on colored papers) exists in at least two states. Imperforate and Perforated 11 3/4”.
Some of the printed sheets from Red Lodge Press, were “sent to Harry Rooke (Cinderella journalist for magazine “Stamp Collecting Weekly”) who in turn sent them to someone who had a perforating machine. They came back with at least two thirds badly perforated right into the design. Gerald King never used this guy again as by this time Gerald had been contacted by Dave Stirling who had his own machine which was much better at it.
The original list for the 2nd printing of the Gerald King Catalogue of the Postage Stamps of Wonderland 1840-71 – Including the territory of Looking-glass Land
2nd printing (Black on 10 different colored papers). Added the “Too late, 7 1/2 Winks” stamp, the “Mourning, 2 GS” stamp and the “Postage due, 4 winks” stamps. Refer to the picture below.
The one and three wink Alice heads were printed in blocks of 4. The sheets were box-rouletted 13 1/2.
3rd Printing. Imperforated
From: Mid 1970´s – Colored designs on colored paper. 6 colors of stamps on 4 colors of paper – so 24 variants of each stamp.
4th printing: Perforated 11 and Imperforated
Catalogue – Curiouser and Curiouser The Postage Stamps of Wonderland 1840-71 – Including the territory of Looking-glass Land
The listings are different to those in the later catalogs and help to throw light on the earlier issues. One thing it doesn’t mention is colors. Possibly because the third printing (colored stamps on colored and white papers) involved six colors and four papers for each stamp – so 24 varieties of each stamp!
Book – Alice Through the Pillar Box
By Gerald M King published by Whizzard Press in 1978 features Alice in Wonderland stamps and stationery invented by Mr. King.
Catalogue – Alice, The Millennium Collection (Covers both Wonderland and Looking Glass Land)
From: June 2000.
Catalogue – Elizatoria Great Britain
From: October 1998
Gerald King Catalogue for the Elizatoria Great Britain Postage stamps – The first of two Catalogues for the Elizatoria stamps.
Catalogue – Elizatoria Part Two
From: October 1998
Gerald King Catalogue for the Elizatoria Part Two stamps – The second of two Catalogues for the Elizatoria stamps.
Catalogue – Snark Island 1876-1901
From: May 1983
Catalogue – Lundy, The Alternative Collection
From: November 2002
Which covers the postage stamps, revenues, officials, railway stamps, telegraphs, postal stationery and postal history – this last has letters sent from Lundy to real and fictional characters.
The catalogue include a 4 page Supplement / Addenda with information regarding the Royal Silver Wedding.
Information about the Matrimonial Cause Stamps
Illustrations of the Christmas 1981 Issue
The Revenue Society of Great Britain – 82nd Philatelic Congress
From: 8-10 September 2000 in London
Letter to Ken Lake
The letter is from 1964 and written by Gerald to Ken Lake (Ken Lake was one half of Lake and Brooks who produced the ‘Year of the Child covers’).
The letter clearly shows Gerry’s wit and humor.
The “Alice” Christmas Card
The Polish Special Forces in Lundy 1940-45
The Burma Fantail
From: October 2006
Gibbons Christmas Carroll
From: December 1982
Stampex 1998 (Elizatoria)
The Paraphilately Page