The reproductions are not believed to have been intended to deceive, but they were so well done and so numerous that they contributed to a backlash against stamp forgery that was reflected in the publication of The Spud Papers; Or, Notes on Philatelic Weeds by the Rev. Robert Earée.
The forgeries were often produced in small sheets of 25, which are still sometimes found complete. Many old stamp collections include Spiro forgeries due to their wide distribution and a greater acceptance of forgeries as "space fillers" before 1900.
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- Typical forged cancels on Spiro forgeries of Japan. These markings appear on stamps of a multitude of countries, not just Japan.
- The Spud Papers online. An online repository of the Spud Papers describing the forgeries made by Spiro.
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