[last update: 05.26.2020]
Cadillac Postage Stamps
and other Philatelia
(résumé en français)
As the actress
said to the bishop:
"philately" will get you nowhere
You will find this page self-explanatory. Among the various items of automobilia I have collected that relate to Cadillac and La Salle automobiles are the postage stamps you can admire, below.
The stamps and first-day covers shown here in B&W first were published in the Cadillac-LaSalle Club Inc.'s Self Starter Annual for 1982. These are from the collection of my friend, the late Gene Babow. They include stamps from the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Maldives, the Principality of Monaco, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Emirate of Umm-al-Qfwain and ...Nagaland (hey, you're a better man than I, Gunga Din, if you can find it on the map!)1
In the article are also postmarks from Cadillac, Michigan, and La Salle, Illinois, as well as a first-day cover from the Philippines.
If any users with a penchant for philately know of others and can supply digital images of stamps mentioned here but not illustrated, I shall be pleased to add them to this page.
1 In fact, Nagaland is a tiny state of India, measuring some 6000 sq. miles that incorporate the Naga hills
near Assam; the population (in 1961) was 370,000 souls; none of them ever heard of the Cadillac, let
alone the unique 1934 V-16 town car that illustrated the 60 cent stamp issued by that "state" to celebrate
the centenary of Winston S. Churchill, former British Premier.
The geography lesson is free!
Some Postage Stamps
Illustrating Cadillac Automobiles
"Stamp" of the Cadillac
James Yeaw corrected my lousy geography by placing the Caribbean islands of
More "Wallpaper" Stamps
Postmarks from the towns of Cadillac, Michigan and La Salle, Illinois
This 10c "stamp" marked Cadillac Post
was issued by the Voice of America
This came in from James ("Jim") Yeaw in July 2000. James is an astute philatelist whom we have to thank for straightening out a few philatelic and geographical misconceptions of mine. It seems that my knowledge of geography is not what it used to be! Thanks, Jim, for your perspicacity and your help.
Message text written by "James Yeaw"
I thought I would provide some information to you about postage stamps and Cadillacs. We have automobile pages on our web site at www.philately.com
First of all, may I offer a suggestion or two and then I'd like to ask some questions:
1. The Monaco stamp is inscribed Timbre-Taxe. In many countries stamps may be used to pay various forms of government taxes, but it is not a taxation stamp. Specifically it is issued to pay postage due charges on mail.
2. All the stamps shown, with the possible exception of the Arabian sheikdoms are postage stamps. You can go to St. Vincent or one of it's Grenadines (Small Islands Offshore) and mail letters with them.
3. The USA Cadillac Tail fin stamp is for bulk postage use and nothing to do with the bicentennial celebrations in the 1970's
4. The Caribbean islands of St. Vincent, Nevis and Antigua are not in the Grenadines. They are in the Leeward islands although most of us would just call them Caribbean islands. Bequia as an example, is a part of St. Vincent and the St. Vincent folks call all their small islands, such as Bequia, "The Grenadines"
Now that's the notes from the philatelic side of things. We now get to models, which you are a thousand times more qualified to classify than I am.
The St. Vincent 30 cent stamps are inscribed 1916 Touring Car, the Nevis as South Korea, Liberia and Niger all have stamps with 1903 Cadillacs. All are 1903 Cadillacs, Model A's? If not do you know the models?
Lesotho pictures a Cadillac Biarritz. Do you know what year that car is?
Mr. Yeaw's web site lists the following stamps as featuring Cadillac automobiles; you will find the majority of them illustrated here. I am hoping that Jim will be able to help me fill in the blanks on this page:
Cadillac - United States
1903 - Korea, South KOR1970E20.3 [image needed]
1903 - Liberia LBR1973I11.2
1903 - Niger NER1975G16.4 [image needed]
1932 V16 Fleetwood Convertible - Nevis KNA1984G25.1-21932 V8 Sport Phaeton - Virgin Islands VIR1996F08.3
1959 - Antigua ATG1986J20.3; United States USA1995C17.1 [image needed]
???? Eldorado Biarritz - Lesotho LSO1985F10.4 [image needed]1957-58 Eldorado Brougham - Zambia ZAM1998L23s2.10 [same as Congo, above?]
Some First Day Covers
Celebrating Cadillac History
1996-2020, Yann Saunders, DLM Group, and the Cadillac & LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center Inc.
[ Background image: sheets of stamps commemorating the landing of Cadillac at Detroit in 1701 - Y. Saunders collection ]