International Poster Stamp Association -- who were they?

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International Poster Stamp Association -- who were they?

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Shown below is a censored cover from Australia to USA in 1941, with a sender's ID cachet in the top left corner reading "International Poster Stamp Association (Australian Division)". No contents, nothing on the back except the rest of the censor label.
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I've had the cover in my "Philatelic Mail" collection for a while, without ever looking into the background to it. Googling the "International Poster Stamp Association" didn't produce much except a few examples of sales listings of poster stamps produced by them up to 1948, and a few images of marketing/packaging material via a stampcommunity.org thread.
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This was stated to be half of a counter placard advertising the International Poster Stamp Association. One of the stamps from the Coronations set illustrated on it is the one used on the cover.
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This is the packet the Coronations set was sold in in the USA.

The name of the "Association" seems to have been chosen to suggest that they were an international society for collectors of poster stamps, but from the above it looks like they were actually a commercial firm producing poster stamps, and just using the name for some marketing spin.

Does anyone have any more detailed information on the Association and/or their "Australian division"?
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Masses of info of these 1937 labels here -

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Yes, that's useful info on the labels, but I was more interested here in who the Association were.

Actually, from that thread the Coronation labels seem to have been locally arranged, which makes the Association look more like dealers in issued sets rather than producers of their own.
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Information on the “International Poster Stamp Association” is quite scarce, unlike its American and British counterparts… But considering how these were both founded by companies trying to cash in on the collecting craze of the time by issuing / printing poster stamps, I would assume that the Australian case is similar.

In 1938-1939 their postal address was different from that on the envelope – “International Poster Stamp Association Department, G.P.O., Box 4169X, Sydney”, as we can see in the advertisements published in Australian newspapers for the set issued for Australia's (and Sydney’s) 150th Anniversary [1]. In June the same year, the Association is represented by a Mr. Shaw. He proposes to the city of Parramatta to issue 50.000 sets of 42 poster stamps each, similar coloring to those issued for Sydney and showing selected views of Parramatta [2]. This sounds very much like the sales pitch of a printing company…

Somewhere in the Australian press there must be an article regarding the apparition of the International Poster Stamp Association, along the lines of “More Poster Stamps! Cry The Collectors” by Eugene Hohlman [3], which presents the founding of the National Poster Stamp Society (Chicago, USA).

Here the idea of forming the society belonged to T. H. Mittendorf, secretary of the Mid-States Gummed Paper Company, Chicago, around 1935. The first president was the company’s advertising manager. Dues were fifty cents a year, for which members were to receive copies of The Poster Stamp Bulletin. Apparently the society published an “International Poster Stamp Album” (a 200 page, loose-leaf book containing classified blank sheets for mounting and complete poster-stamp data, priced at $2.50) and drew up specifications for poster stamps, with the aim was to raise the standard of artistry bring them into some sort of classification order.

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[1] Sunday Mail / Brisbane, Qld., Sunday 06.03.1938, p. 40; The World's News / Sydney, NSW, Wednesday 09.03.1938, p. 43
[2] The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate / Parramatta, NSW, Wednesday 01.06.1938, p. 5
[3] The Inland Printer, vol. 101, issue 2, May 1938, pp. 37 – 38
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Thanks Attila. That does indeed sound very much like a printer or publisher trying to pitch the city on getting some poster stamps done. (42 is a curious number here -- I would guess that it corresponded to the size of label/sheet they could get printed conveniently?)

I'll have to try this in the Cinderella Philatelist and see if anyone has more material from them!
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