Illegal stamps 1922
Russia, 1922 Odessa Famine Fantasies (aka Odessa Issues). These Cinderellas were inspired by the 1921 famine in Odessa.
However, they were never in circulation, not even in the Soviet Union, as they are a fantasy made by an Italian philatelic dealer named Marco Fontana. This dealer advertised the sale of these vignettes in Venezia.
The artist must be recognized for his Art Nouveau influence.
The vignettes, both perforated and non-perforated, have been forged, making it difficult to differentiate the originals from the copies.
In the stamp community forum, it is indicated how to differentiate one from the other:
«The original bogus stamps were lithographed on stout paper with shiny yellow gum. The forgeries are on thin paper with white shiny gum, and the stamps are often blurred and overinked.»