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Revenue Gallery Newest Additions

These are the 120 newest additions to the revenue stamp photo galleries.

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R56f R56f  Added March 11, 2017 at 19:02

A pair of bisects, each being the top and bottom halves of the same stamp, paying the 25-cent tax rate, on a pair of school district trustee's bonds. 50-cent bisects are far more scarce than either $1 or $2 bisects. This pair comprises the only legitimate bisects of 1st issue 50-cent stamps I have been able to find evidence of. See my bisect census page for more information.
RS193b RS193b  Added February 18, 2017 at 10:13

Pair with double transfer in bottom label of left stamp.
TA236b TA236b  Added February 15, 2017 at 19:25

Spectacular double impression.
R187 R187  Added February 5, 2017 at 19:56

Compagnie Generale Transatlantique

French shipping line. The word 'ENTREPONT' on the interior of the cancel means STEERAGE. See this stamp for a similar cancel. Presumably these were used on passage tickets or similar documents.
R186 R186  Added February 5, 2017 at 19:38

Compagnie Generale Transatlantique

French shipping line. The word 'CABINE' on the interior of the cancel means CABIN. See this stamp for a similar cancel. Presumably these were used on passage tickets or similar documents.
R118a R118a  Added February 2, 2017 at 18:29

Catalog value is for punched cancel (bottom center).
R109a R109a  Added February 2, 2017 at 18:13

A couple of pinholes, otherwise quite nice.
R51c R51c  Added January 31, 2017 at 17:07

Mechanics & Traders Bank

R164p R164p  Added January 31, 2017 at 16:23

Mechanical Rubber Co.

R164p R164p  Added January 31, 2017 at 11:20

Cantor

R164 R164  Added January 31, 2017 at 11:12

Northern Ohio Railroad

R163p R163p  Added January 31, 2017 at 10:58

Adams Express Co.

Inverted day and year slugs in cancel.
R51c R51c  Added January 30, 2017 at 19:24

S. F & Co.

R15c R15c  Added January 30, 2017 at 19:05

Bank of New Orleans

1870 Bank of New Orleans sight draft (foreign exchange) sent overseas, where French revenue stamp was affixed to the reverse. Combination usages of U.S. and non-U.S. revenue stamps from this era are very scarce.
R14c R14c  Added January 29, 2017 at 18:22

Whitney & Beckwith

Courtesy of Bruce Baryla — This 'Skull and Bones' handstamp was known to collectors of fancy handstamps by its appearance as a 'sender's mark' on covers mailed in 1857 by the 'Society of Twenty-Two,' a Yale University based fraternal group associated with the famous Skull and Bones Society.

This same handstamp was used years later as a stamp canceling device. As it turns out, the secretary of the 'Society of Twenty-Two' in 1857 was Robert A. Beckwith. He became a photographer and co-owner of the Whitney & Beckwith studio — and he repurposed the handstamp from his college days to cancel revenue stamps.

See this blog entry for other examples with different portions of the cancel.

R44c R44c  Added January 29, 2017 at 12:19

D. Henry Smith

Reconstructed horizontal pair exhibiting full strike of a large format cancel.
R164p R164p  Added January 29, 2017 at 11:15

C.W.H. Beyer & Co.

Real estate mortgage bond coupon.
R14c R14c  Added January 29, 2017 at 10:45

Negative monogram of the letter F or T. Very scarce.
R118 R118  Added January 28, 2017 at 22:05

Pacific Mail Steamship Co.

Two magenta strikes from the Pacific Mail steamship HENRY CHAUNCEY.
R165p R165p  Added January 28, 2017 at 13:50

Worcester National Bank

Irregular block of 19 of the 3-cent battleship revenue stamp with hyphen-hole perforations on a 1901 promissory note. Per the Curtis Census, this is far and away the largest reported multiple of R165p, with the second largest multiple being a block of 6.
R13c R13c  Added January 27, 2017 at 23:39

Dr. Fitler

Very rare printed cancel 'Dr. Fitler's Carminative for Infants and Adults. Price 35 cts'
R15c R15c  Added January 26, 2017 at 21:19

C. F. Adae

Purchased from a seller in Germany, this is an R15c on an attractive foreign exchange with two vignettes from the European Exchange Office of C. F. Adae, a Cincinnati, Ohio banking house. Not only is there a German revenue stamp also affixed to the reverse (combination usages of both U.S. and non-U.S. revenue stamps on the same document from this era are quite scarce), but the R15c is tied not only by a C.F. Adae circular handstamp cancel, but also a blue oval of Reverchon & Co., a German banking house in Trier. Fantastic document!
R40c R40c  Added January 21, 2017 at 22:21

W. & H.

Inking anomaly at lower right.
R78a R78a  Added January 21, 2017 at 20:29

Vertical pair with interesting horizontal line through top stamp.
R5c R5c  Added January 21, 2017 at 20:07

Unlisted double transfer with doubling in the letters of CENTS and CHECK, on an 1864 receipt.
R87c R87c  Added January 17, 2017 at 19:18

Very scarce solo use on a lease. Fewer than 25 reported examples of R87c on document.
R15c R15c  Added January 16, 2017 at 20:14

National Bank of Cazenovia

Unlisted double transfer. Very similar to the T15 double transfer, however the shift of the O in TWO and U in U.S. are at different angles. Additionally, this DT shows more doubling across the bottom and in the numerals at left.
R15c R15c  Added January 16, 2017 at 12:48

National Bank of Pawling

Double transfer at top.
R77c R77c  Added January 15, 2017 at 18:01

Very scarce solo use of R77c on a promissory note paying the tax of 5 cents per $100 or fraction. Fewer than 10 examples of the $1.30 FOreign Exchange recorded on document.
RNB17 RNB17  Added January 15, 2017 at 17:38

North Pacific Transportation Co.

Attractive revenue-imprinted check repurposed at some point in the mid-20th century as a stamp dealer's price list.
R6c R6c  Added January 15, 2017 at 11:29

Thompson, Johnson & Co.

Attractive double-outlined oval handstamp cancel. Wholesale grocers.
RNT2 RNT2  Added January 15, 2017 at 10:37

Boston Hartford & Erie Railroad

Otherwise common railroad bond, but very low serial number (#7) out of approximately 20,000 printed. More importantly, the imprinted revenues were just haphazardly positioned, which was fixed at some point before serial number 128, and then aligned from that point onward. See secondary image for the normal positioning.
R6c R6c  Added January 11, 2017 at 19:24

L. Boardman & Son

Silverware and flatware manufacturer.
RB12a RB12a  Added January 11, 2017 at 19:03

National Bank of New England

Nominally illegal use of a proprietary stamp as a documentary on a check.
RB2b RB2b  Added January 11, 2017 at 18:46

National Bank of New England

Nominally illegal use of a proprietary as a documentary on a check.
R26c R26c  Added January 5, 2017 at 18:33

The South Carolina Railroad Co.

Very attractive $87.50 Certificate of Indebtedness with an ornately engraved reverse, from The South Carolina Railroad Co.
R24c R24c  Added January 2, 2017 at 17:22

Dog license: 1865 Commonwealth of Massachusetts certificate granting permission to keep a dog, Douglas County, for Trot, age seven, breed 'Cur,' fee $2, stamped with 5 Certificate. Great large vignette.
R196 R196  Added January 2, 2017 at 16:56

Steamer Lena May

1915 bill of lading, Steamer Lena May, New Albany, Indiana, for connection to P.C.C.& St.L. Railway (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis), stamped with 1914 1, printed in dark blue.
68 68  Added January 2, 2017 at 16:05

Illegal usage of two 10-cent Washington poastage stamps as revenues on an 1863 chattel mortgage of half interest in boat Mary Elianor and its furnishings, of Trumansburg Landing (N.Y.), to secure payment of note for $323, tax 20 at 1863 Mortgage rate of 10 per $200.
R27b R27b  Added January 2, 2017 at 12:23

John H. Manny

1864 agreement for sale of John H. Manny's Patent Adjustable Combined Reaping and Mowing Machine, Two Horse Machine.
R44c R44c  Added December 30, 2016 at 12:04

Isaac's Harbor Gold Co.

Very scarce printed cancel.
R85c R85c  Added December 30, 2016 at 11:12

Two singles on a vellum deed. The right stamp has a double transfer at bottom. Click here for a high-resolution image of just the double transfer area.
R15c R15c  Added December 30, 2016 at 10:57

Wells, Fargo & Co.

R27c R27c  Added December 30, 2016 at 10:35

Delaware Mining Co. of Michigan

Sight draft signed by 'Sam W. Hill'. Samuel 'Sam' Hill was a member of the State House of Representatives, surveyor, associated with Douglas Houghton in surveying the Upper Peninsula and he managed the interests of many mining companies. Hill achieved legendary status for his colorful use of profanity which coined the expression 'What in Sam Hill?'
R27c R27c  Added December 30, 2016 at 10:18

Pennsylvania Mining Co. of Michigan

Sight draft signed by 'Sam W. Hill'. Samuel 'Sam' Hill was a member of the State House of Representatives, surveyor, associated with Douglas Houghton in surveying the Upper Peninsula and he managed the interests of many mining companies. Hill achieved legendary status for his colorful use of profanity which coined the expression 'What in Sam Hill?'
R15c R15c  Added December 27, 2016 at 10:19

Oregon Stage Co.

Two different receipts from the Oregon Stage (Coach) Company.
RNC1 RNC1  Added December 26, 2016 at 19:55

Indianapolis, Bloomington & Western Railway Co.

R189 R189  Added December 26, 2016 at 18:45

Blue 'CLAIM FOR REFUNDING FILED' handstamp cancel with dotted line for date, along with manuscript and cut cancels, from an undetermined railroad. Catalog value above is for cut cancelled.
R8c R8c  Added December 26, 2016 at 18:08

Bank of Salem

R87c R87c  Added December 26, 2016 at 1:28

R87c is not a scarce stamp, but examples still on document are. There are fewer than 25 reported examples of R87c on document.
295 295  Added December 26, 2016 at 0:56

The Lilley State Bank

There was only a 61-day window between the date the Pan American series was issued and when the check tax expired, making this a very rare illegal usage.
R15d R15d  Added December 26, 2016 at 0:47

Dramatic double transfer. While some of the elements are not as bold as that of the T15, the elements are distanced farther from the primary position any any other DT I have seen on R15. Considerably more scarce than the T15.
R115 R115  Added December 26, 2016 at 0:39

Campbell & Cassells

Canadian cancels on 1st-3rd issue U.S. revenues are very scarce.
424 424  Added December 26, 2016 at 0:22

American Express Co.

Illegal usage of a 1-cent Washington-Franklin as revenue, this one lovely due to its aesthetics. The user meticulously inscribed 'Used as USIR for lack of Rev. Stamp' on the stamp in red before initialling and dating in black.
R135 R135  Added December 25, 2016 at 23:54

Satterlee, Blackwell & Co.

Cancelled by numeral '21' representing bank number 21 in the New York clearing house system. Signed by U.S. senator Abijah Gilbert (Florida).
R120 R120  Added December 25, 2016 at 23:43

Foreign entry, design of $1. The only reported example still on document. Ex-Morrissey.
R32c R32c  Added December 25, 2016 at 22:41

New York Central Railroad

Returned proxy for election of directors, stamped with a 10-cent Bill of Lading, cancelled by a customized metallic device with a sharp 'E.D.W., December 12, 1866' in square frame belonging to proxy Edwin D. Worcester. Rare and unlisted in Tolman. The cancel's imprint left the presence of 'bite' or distortion on back of the document indicating the use of a relief typeface which 'impression-ties' the revenue stamp to the document. Virtually all other railroad cancellers were rubber stamped.
R15c R15c  Added December 25, 2016 at 22:26

Naugatuck Railroad

Receipt with dual handstamp cancels, from the Naugatuck Railroad and the Bridgeport Steamboat Company. Great combination of maritime and railroad markings.
R15c R15c  Added December 25, 2016 at 21:51

A. M. Davenport & Co.

Variant of the T15 major double transfer, on a receipt from A.M. Davenport & Co., 'upholsterers and dealers in all kinds of furniture, mirrors, drapery, curtains, window shades, mattresses and feathers.'
RB12a RB12a  Added December 25, 2016 at 18:48

Doubly scarce: an illegal use of a proprietary stamp as postage on a foreign exchange document, along with German revenue stamps affixed to the reverse. Combination usages of U.S. and non-U.S. revenue stamps on the same document from this era are exceptionally rare.
R81c R81c  Added December 25, 2016 at 18:42

Goodyear's India Rubber Glove Manufacturing Co.

Scarce full strike of large format cancel on a promissory note.
R222 R222  Added December 25, 2016 at 18:25

Vertical strip of 3 with provisional 'F. D.' (Future Delivery) handstamps. Unlisted in Scott but well known within the revenue collecting community. Catalog value shown above is for the normal non-overprinted stamp.
R15c R15c  Added December 25, 2016 at 18:07

Salter & Livermore

Ship chandlers (merchant of shipping supplies).
RB15b RB15b  Added December 25, 2016 at 11:17

S.(???) Medicine Co.

R112b R112b  Added December 25, 2016 at 11:06

Horizontal pair exhibiting sewing machine perforations. Multiples of the sewing machine perfs are quite scarce.
RB12b RB12b  Added December 19, 2016 at 0:07

RB11a RB11a  Added December 19, 2016 at 0:02

John C. West & Co.

R9c R9c  Added December 18, 2016 at 23:51

V & Co.

R115a R115a  Added December 18, 2016 at 23:35

Perfectly sound example with great margins and very fresh appearance.
R76c R76c  Added December 18, 2016 at 23:32

Unusual magenta 'RUSH' handstamp cancel. Stamp is repaired in several places.
R5a R5a  Added December 18, 2016 at 23:17

George Ross

2-cent Bank Check imperforate and 1-cent Proprietary perforated, on a CDV. Imperf usages on CDVs are very unusual, as the 2-year window that photographs were taxed was long after most imperforates were used up. However, California is one place that legitimate late usages of imperfs are frequently encountered.
R10c R10c  Added December 18, 2016 at 22:45

Even & Clow

R196 R196  Added December 18, 2016 at 22:38

USPS

Attemped illegal use of two 1-cent documentaries as postage on a 1916 cover from Sutter Creek, CA. Caught and held for postage, then sent along on March 16. Typed message 'This is the letter you sent postage for,' along left side of envelope.
R135 R135  Added December 17, 2016 at 22:01

Woodstock National Bank

Plate number single with a nice well-struck oval cancel.
R1c R1c  Added December 17, 2016 at 21:33

Moses Pettengill

Underpaid tax (should have been 2 cents) on a receipt for a set of marble gravestones.
65 65  Added December 17, 2016 at 21:12

M. P. Ayers & Co.

Two #65 along with two 2-cent Bank Check revenues paying 10 cents tax. It's too odd and haphazard to be contrived; everyone who looked at it believes it to be legitimate, but it doesn't match the tax rate tables. The postage stamps were affixed AFTER the revenue stamps, so it's not a matter of the improper usage being discovered and then paid. Additionally, the revenue stamps total 4 cents, whereas the postage stamps total 6 cents paid. The mathematical tabulation on the reverse is exactly double the document amount on the front. Some speculated that there may have been a secondary document attached and the 10 cent total was improperly paying the tax on both transactions. Another supposition was that it might be for a penal bond (one amount if paid before a certain date, and a penalty kicked in after that date). Any ideas?
R123 R123  Added December 17, 2016 at 20:51

$2 second issue plate number single on a guardian's deed, along with $1 and 50-cent stamps.
R15c R15c  Added December 17, 2016 at 13:23

Wm. C. Bryant & Co.

Receipt for advertising in 'The Evening Post' from the Boston, Newport & New York Steam Boat Co.
R44c R44c  Added December 17, 2016 at 13:15

Albany and Susquehanna Railroad Co.

R44c along with R24c and two R15c paying 34 cents tax on a sundry persons pay voucher (series of receipts).
R24c R24c  Added December 17, 2016 at 13:01

Premium Lightning Rod Co.

Guarantee of indemnity certificate. Very unusual company/industry.
RB28 RB28  Added December 17, 2016 at 12:51

Line block of 4 used illegally as documentary stamps on an 1899 marriage license. Same document as the one shown on this page, also an illegal usage from the same county, dated 8 days earlier. Each document contributes to the validity of the other.
RB11b RB11b  Added December 17, 2016 at 12:21

Bean

R15c R15c  Added December 17, 2016 at 12:17

A. E. L. Keese Life & Fire Insurance Agency

Undetermined 2-cent orange (I've classified it as R15x as that is what is most likely, given the date of use) on a holographic check with a great blue oval cancel.
78b 78b  Added December 16, 2016 at 23:51

Susquehanna Canal Co.

Scarce illegal usage. Tolman S-14.
R21c R21c  Added December 16, 2016 at 23:41

Providence & Worcester Railroad

Tolman P-13.
R6c R6c  Added December 16, 2016 at 23:22

Naugatuck Railroad

Tolman N-1B-2.
R42c R42c  Added December 16, 2016 at 21:36

Naugatuck Railroad

Tolman N-1-1.
R53c R53c  Added December 16, 2016 at 21:24

Fitchburg Railroad Co.

Tolman F-1A-2.
R78a R78a  Added December 16, 2016 at 21:19

Delaware & Hudson Canal Co.

Tolman D-1A.
R30c R30c  Added December 16, 2016 at 21:13

Boston & Worcester Railroad

Tolman B-10.
R44c R44c  Added December 16, 2016 at 0:12

Burgess & Lane

Insurance agents and brokers.
R44c R44c  Added December 16, 2016 at 0:06

August Johnson, General Agent

R112 R112  Added December 15, 2016 at 23:59

John Skeffington, Agent

R135 R135  Added December 15, 2016 at 23:52

Nashua, Acton & Boston Railroad

Tolman N-25.
R15c R15c  Added December 15, 2016 at 23:48

New Castle & Beaver Valley Railroad

Tolman N-29.
R15c R15c  Added December 15, 2016 at 23:42

Providence & Worcester Railroad

Tolman P-13E.
R15c R15c  Added December 15, 2016 at 23:12

Naugatuck Railroad

Tolman N-1H.
R15c R15c  Added December 15, 2016 at 21:23

Hudson River Railroad

Tolman H-8D.
R15c R15c  Added December 15, 2016 at 21:19

New York Central Railroad

Tolman N-11C.
R15c R15c  Added December 15, 2016 at 13:36

New York Central Railroad

Tolman N-11NN. Allen Butler, General Western Passenger Agent.
R6c R6c  Added December 15, 2016 at 13:29

Boston & Worcester Railroad

Shield cancel unlisted in Tolman.
R164 R164  Added

USPS

Attempted illegal use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage. Lovely 'Back Bay Station' flag cancel.
R163 R163  Added December 15, 2016 at 10:15

USPS

Out-of-period attempted illegal use of two 1-cent battleship documentary revenue stamps as postage. Cought and 'Held for Postage' with the postage paid and affixed 4 days later. Then stamped 'THIS IS THE MAIL FOR WHICH YOU SENT POSTAGE'.
R165 R165  Added December 15, 2016 at 9:47

USPS

3-cent documentary battleship revenue stmp used illegally as postage on cover.
R167 R167  Added December 15, 2016 at 9:34

USPS

Two 5-cent Trans-Mississippi and 5-cent documentary battleship illegally used as postage on cover front to England. Attempted payment of 15-cent UPU rate. Philadelphia blue circles around revenue stamp and T/25 (5 cents) Liverpool transit, London Foreign Branch markings.
R22c R22c  Added December 14, 2016 at 20:37

S. R. Van Duzer

Cancel is just a wee bit out of position...
R55b R55b  Added December 14, 2016 at 20:25

S. CROOKS

R5c R5c  Added December 13, 2016 at 23:33

Vertical pair showing a plate scratch running diagonally through both stamps.
R78c R78c  Added December 13, 2016 at 22:06

Pronounced doubling of both top and bottom frame lines.
286 286  Added December 13, 2016 at 21:41

2-cent Trans-Mississippi used illegally as revenue on a check.
R15c R15c  Added December 13, 2016 at 21:34

The Collier White Lead and Oil Co.

'Manufacturers of White Lead, Litharge, Red Lead, Castor and Linseed Oils.'
R15c R15c  Added December 13, 2016 at 21:11

Dayton & Carter

'Dealers in House-Fusnishing Goods, Furnaces, Ranges, Stoves and Heaters. Manufacturers of Tin, Sheet-Iron and Copper Ware.' Attractive rendering of a stove in red on the reverse.
R5c R5c  Added December 13, 2016 at 21:05

Pennsylvania Coal Co.

R27c R27c  Added December 13, 2016 at 20:10

John G. Butler

Clerk, Court of Quarter Sessions.
R680 R680  Added December 13, 2016 at 20:04

R680 along with R678 and R664 canceled apparently with White-Out. Very unusual.
R15c R15c  Added December 13, 2016 at 19:54

Double transfer.
R15c R15c  Added December 13, 2016 at 19:40

The Wilkes-Barre Coal & Iron Co.

Billhead with R15 showing extreme sulphurization, presumably from having been stored in close proximity to sulphur coal.
R15c R15c  Added December 13, 2016 at 19:32

E. C. Knight & Co.

Sugar refiners.
R15c R15c  Added December 13, 2016 at 19:28

Brunjes, Ockershausen & Co.

Suger refiners.
R15c R15c  Added December 13, 2016 at 18:56

Ryan & Holbrook

Wholesale liquor dealers. Stamp shows extreme sulphurization.

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