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Carte de Visites (Civil War Photographs)

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Scott # 65
65  J. W. Miller

Illegal use of Scott #65 as revenue on CDV. Ex-Baryla.
65  F. B. Gage

Illegal/improper use of postage stamp as revenue. Improper usages are fairly scarce on CDV.
65  S. H. Myers

Illegal/improper use of postage stamp as revenue on a CDV. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R1a
R1a  Young & Purcell

Scott listed but unpriced short transfer at bottom. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R1b
R1b  Vertical pair. Part perf multiples are quite scarce on CDVs.

Scott # R1c
R1c  S. F. Sterlin

R1c  S. H. Myers

Ex-Baryla.
R1c  Ornate 7-line boxed precancel from an as yet unidentified photographer. Note the several different typefaces used. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R1c  C. L. Obst

Unusual hand-carved crescent moon handstamp cancels. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R3c
R3c  Mark C. Terry

Partial margin imprint capture with a gorgeous stencil cancel.
R3c  N. H. Tuck

The manuscript cancels are pretty mundane. Of greater interest is the stencil backstamp. I do not know if it was ever used as a stamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R3c  Jesse Groom

Very ornate frame for the stamp. Ex-Baryla.
R3c  J. N. Webster

Choice strikes of this 3-line cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R3c 

Scott # R5a
R5a  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.

Scott # R5c
R5c  B. F. Chidester

Very nice backstamp.
R5c  Bisected top half, along with a full stamp, paying 3 cents tax. Unlisted in Scott.

Scott # R6c
R6c  G. B. Dana

R6c  L. P. Case

R6c  Z. P. McMillen

Ex-Baryla.
R6c  H. Cushing

R6c  T. C. Haynes

Ex-Baryla.
R6c  R. E. Merrifield

A very scarce and unusual CDV, in that it shows both stencil cancel designs used by R.E. Merrifield, one as a cancel on the stamp, and the other as a back mark on the photograph. This larger, more ornate design was also used to cancel stamps. See this stamp for an example. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R6c  S. G. Sheaffer & Co.

Double-rim oval handstamp cancel.
R6c  A. Sonrel

Neat signature backstamp. Note the inverted year slug in the handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R6c  I. G. Owen

Ex-Baryla.
R6c  T. J. Luccock

Ex-Baryla.
R6c  T. R. Gettys

Two-line block letter typeset cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R6c  F. Mowrey

Ex-Baryla.
R6c  Cary's Gallery

They are tough to make out unless you zoom in, but each stamp is cancelled by a tiny little 'CARY' single line handstamp, one of the smallest cancels on record.
R6c  M. L. Bruster

R6c  Thomas Shaw

Ex-Baryla.
R6c  S. S. Johnston

R6c  Tyler

Very scarce ornate handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R6c  Knowles & Hillman

R6c  Slee Brothers

R6c  E. A. Scholfield

R6c  William Nims

Clearly an error in the date slug of the cancel, as the tax on photographs was only in effect from 1864 to 1866.
R6c  Joseph Wright

Very unusual. Cancel is a discarded post office handstamp, apparently handed down by the postmaster to the photographer. Wright's photography studio was located next door to the post office. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R6e
R6e  Z. P. McMillen

Currently the only reported example of R6e on a photograph. Exceptional color and centering! Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R6f
R6f  C. L. Obst

Bisected top half adjoined to a full stamp paying a 3-cent tax. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R9b
R9b  Husher & Geiger's Photograph Rooms

Part perfs are quite scarce on CDV.

Scott # R9c
R9c  J. S. Bibbins

R9c  L. T. Sparhawk


Scott # R10c
R10c  Seibird & Brothers

Nice mixed usage.
R10c  Kellogg Brothers

R10c  Mark C. Terry

Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R10c  William Johnston

Ornate shield handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R10c  Dolph Brothers

R10c  Even & Clow


Scott # R11b
R11b  J. C. Mills

R11b  Stein Brothers

R11b  J. C. Mills

Beautiful example of a part perf on CDV. Ex-Baryla.
R11b  R. H. Child

Part perfs are very scarce on CDVs.

Scott # R11c
R11c  Seibird & Brothers

Nice mixed usage.
R11c  S. F. Sterlin

R11c  F. B. Clench

Ex-Baryla.

cancel
R11c  Doane

Ex-Baryla.
R11c  E. M. Collins

R11c  D. W. Boss

Ex-Baryla.
R11c  A. J. Pierce

Ex-Baryla.
R11c  C. S. Sanderson

R11c  W. H. Rhoads

Ex-Baryla.
R11c  H. C. Van Syckel

R11c  Gill's City Gallery

Bold photographer precancel.

Scott # R13b
R13b  J. Good

Partial margin imprint at bottom.
R13b  S. H. Waite


Scott # R13c
R13c  D. O. Furnald

R13c  H. Lazier

Major double transfer (T13).
R13c  S. Sykes

Neat handstamp cancel of a circle with a star contwined within.
R13c  J. D. Powers

Very unusual cut stencil cancel.
R13c  Imlay

Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R13c  One-of-a-kind pair on back of a tintype. The top stamp is the Scott-listed T13a double transfer. Of greater interest, however, is the second stamp in the pair, the position directly below the T13a, which shows similar doubling, but not as strong. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R13c  P. A. Stout

Elaborate stencil that served double duty as a backstamp and as stamp cancel. See this stamp for an example of the same stencil used to cancel a stamp. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R13c  T. M. V. Doughty

Ex-Baryla.
R13c  Abraham Bogardus

5-line handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R13c  Saylor's New Photograph Gallery

Ex-Baryla.
R13c  George E. Gibbs

Six-line handstamp used as both a precancel and backstamp. Ex-Baryla.
R13c  George N. Cobb

Ex-Baryla.
R13c  J. S. Kelly

Fairly scarce photographer and cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R13c  J. C. Spooner's Picture Palace

R13c  Howard & Co.

R13c  Thomas Cummings

R13c  Frederick

Very unusual, as the full stamp is placed over a partial stamp underneath. It is possible this was an attempt to pay a 3-cent tax with a bisected stamp, or simply the other portion of the stamp underneath was lost and a complete stamp was placed over top.
R13c  Bush's Photographic Gallery

Guideline at right of stamp. CDV with very ornate backstamp.
R13c  Good & Stokes

Wonderful stylized monogram cancel, incorporating both initials of (G)ood & (S)tokes. Flip it one way and you see the G. Flip it the opposite way and you see the S.
R13c  Huge jumbo example of R13c on a CDV from an unknown photographer.
R13c  S. F. Sterlin

Interesting Civil War satirical patriotic piece ridiculing the Confederacy that shows Jefferson Davis in a dress. The caption reads 'Brutal attack on helpless women by the U.S. government'. The dialogue has a woman saying 'You had better not provoke the president, he might hurt some of you' and a Union soldier replying 'Yer dont say'.
R13c  C. D. Fredricks & Co.

Photo is of Charles W. Nestel, known as 'Commodore Foote,' the smallest man in the world, and his sister, Miss Eliza S. Nestel, known as the 'Fairy Queen' of the West, the smallest lady in the world.

Scott # R14c
R14c  A generic photographer precancel on a stereoview.
R14c  Partridge

Re-entry marks above the design.
R14c  Partridge

Ex-Baryla.
R14c  E. M. Douglass

R14c  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.

R14c  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.


Scott # R15c
R15c  Dowe & Co.

R15c  G. B. Spencer

R15c  W. H. Jacoby

R15c  Welcome S. Nott

Wonderful stencil cancel in brown ink, which is quite scarce. Ex-Baryla.
R15c  W. L. Nichols

R15c  S. R. Miller

Interesting handstamp cancel where the 'S' was carved in backwards. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R15c  H. H. Coles

A tiny, diminuitive handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R15c  J. Smith, Sr.

Ex-Baryla.
R15c  Francis West

Very unusual post mortem photo. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R15c  R. E. Merrifield

One of two different stencil cancels used by this photographer. The other one is more ornate, with a wavy design. It can be seen here. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R15c  C. Becker

The only reported pictorial cancel depicting a studio camera. No complete example of the shield cancel has been reported. Other portions of the cancel can be seen on this CDV. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R15c  C. Becker

Portions of the only reported pictorial cancel depicting a studio camera. No complete example of the shield cancel has been reported. Other portions of the cancel can be seen on this CDV. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R15c  E. T. Stearns

Interesting how the cancel does not exactly match the backstamp of the CDV. The business may have been in transition. Ex-Baryla.
R15c  T. J. Trapp

Intersting use of a handstamp cancel as a backstamp. Ex-Baryla.
R15c  Farnham & Hull

Ex-Baryla.
R15c  J. B. Jenks

Handstamp cancel also used as a backstamp. Ex-Baryla.
R15c  J. W. Hale

Ex-Baryla.
R15c  London Stereoscopic and Photographic Co.

Ex-Baryla.
R15c  T. R. Gettys

Ex-Baryla.
R15c  H. H. Parkhill

Unusual cancel. The crudeness of the typeface implies a hand carved cancel.
R15c  L. Moulton

Ex-Baryla.
R15c  Harper & Brothers

Ex-Baryla.
R15c  Ferris' Excelsior Gallery

4-line handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R15c  V. Buel

Cruciform handstamp cancel from the same photographer that used this one. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R15c  V. Buel

Cruciform handstamp cancel from the same photographer that used this one. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R15c  G. K. Warren


Scott # R16c
R16c  A. F. Morse

Ex-Baryla.
R16c  Dr. H. Baker

Very unusual. The backstamp of the CDV reads 'Dr. H. Baker' yet the single-line handstamp cancel appears to read 'M. E. Parker'. Any ideas? Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R17c
R17c  D. O. Furnald

Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R17c  A. W. Kimball

R17c  E. Decker

R17c  J. A. Keenan

Ex-Baryla.
R17c  Brown, Williams & Co.

R17c  J. Trott

R17c  Hurd

R17c  L. W. Cook

R17c  F. & M. Merwin


Scott # R18b
R18b  Sewell's Art Gallery

Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R18c
R18c  A.K. Josselyn

Gallop's Island is an island in the Boston Harbor, now uninhabited. During the Civil War it was the home of a military training and mustering out camp housing 3,000 Union soldiers.
R18c  Wenderoth & Taylor

R18c  S. F. Sterlin

R18c  London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co.

Attractive use on a Swiss Stereoview.
R18c  William H. Ruggles

Wonderful cancel created from printer's type in both straight lines and arcs. In addition to being a photographer, he was also a 'Dealer in Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Perfumery and Fancy Articles. Watches, Clocks and Jewelry repaired.' Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

R18c  S. McCrary

Scarce stencil cancel rarely found on CDV, one of three known California photographers that used stencil cancels. S. McCrary was located in a fraternal organization meeting room called the 'Odd Fellows Hall'. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R18c  L. J. Stinson

Scarce stencil cancel rarely found on CDV, one of three known California photographers that used stencil cancels. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R18c  W. M. Knight

R18c  Oliver H. Willard

R18c  J. Q. A. Tresize

Very scarce single-line handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R18c  Jex Bardwell

Diminuitive circular handstamp. Ex-Baryla.
R18c  T. J. Merritt

I'm not sure which of the 3 listed business entities was responsible for this item, so I went with the first one on the list. Once could also posit that cancels for the second and third would have incorporated '& Co.' into the cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R18c  Frank Rowell

Ex-Baryla.
R18c  J. S. Weider

Bold rimless circle cancel; very unusual. Ex-Baryla.
R18c  Fuller

Very sharply struck oval handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R18c  Fisher Brothers

Ex-Baryla.
R18c  Walter & Heuck

Very scarce diminuitive 2-line handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.
R18c  Doughty Brothers

R18c  F.A.G. (??)

3-line handstamp cancel from an unidentified photographer.
R18c  J. Taylor

R18c  Whitney & Beckwith

R18c  Davis Brothers

R18c  J. P. Soule

Nice handstamp cancel on a stereoview.
R18c  C. S. Sanderson

R18c  Carpenter & Mullen


Scott # R19b
R19b  Getchell & Brownell

Part perfs are quite scarce on CDVs. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R19c
R19c  George K. Knapp & Co.

Ornate handstamp with scalloped edges used both as a cancel and as a CDV back mark. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R19c  J. S. Bibbins

Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R22c
R22c  Elias A. Bonine

Amazing piece. This is a legitimate bisected R21c or R22c, unlisted in Scott. Photographer was known for signing his name as a play on words, using 'Bo9' rather than 'Bonine', the latter portion of which is clearly apparent on the bisect.

Scott # R24c
R24c  P. L. Perkins

Inverted day and month in cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R28c
R28c 

Scott # R29c
R29c  W. N. Hobbs

Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit. An oversized memorial portrait of a slain soldier, Benjamin F. Marshal, 1st. Co. New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, killed Sep. 14, 1864. Five examples of R29c on the reverse. Large-sized CDVs depricting soldiers are very rare.

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