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Orange National Bank. Two 1c Proprietary stamps on an 1869 bank check. Nominally illegal in two different aspects: First, proprietary stamps were not permitted to be used as documentaries, and secondly, the stamps are overlapping, with the bottom stamp almost completely obscured, which was also not permitted.
USPS. Two 1-cent documentaries used illegaly as postage on a 1917 cover, caught by the USPS and held for postage, with a coil pair of 1-cent Washington stamps (Scott #490) affixed to pay the postage. Nice 'THIS IS THE MAIL FOR WHICH YOU SENT POSTAGE' block letter marking at left. Mousies had some chompies at lower right.
B of B Co. Lovely meticulous manuscript cancel.
A reference piece. The 50-cent Life Insurance part perf is not listed in Scott as being found imperforate vertically. Also, the 1867 date is far too late to be a genuine part perf.
S. R. Benjamin & Co. 1/2-cent, 1-cent, 10-cent, and 25-cent documentaries overpaying 37 & 1/2 cents tax (should have been 32 & 1/2 cents) on a policy from the Westchester Fire Insurance Company of New York.
Leland P. Wilson, Agent. 1/2-cent, 1-cent, 5-cent, and 10-cent documentaries paying the correct 17 & 1/2 cents tax on a fire insurance policy from The Connecticut Fire Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut.
Chas. Merriman & Co, Agents. 1/2-cent, 2-cent, and 3-cent documentaries paying 10 & 1/2 cents tax on a fire insurance policy from the Hartford County Mutual Fire Insurance Co.
Emery & Norton. $1, 50-cent, 10-cent, 4-cent, and 1/2-cent documentaries paying $1.64 & 1/2 cents tax on a policy to for the Lacombe Lumber Co., by the Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford, Connecticut.
Chapman & Nauman Co. $1, 10-cent, 5-cent, and 1/2-cent documentaries paying the correct $1.15 & 1/2 cents tax on an insurance policy from the National Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford, CT.
Title Guarantee and Trust Co. 1/2-cent, 2-cent, 10-cent, and 25-cent battleship documentaries paying the correct 37 & 1/2 cents tax on an insurance policy.
Aetna Insurance Co. 1/2-cent battleship, along with 1-cent and 5-cent battleship documentaries, paying 6 & 1/2 cents tax on an Aetna Insurance Co. policy.
Lovejoy & Spear, Managers. 1/2-cent and 5-cent documentaries paying 5 & 1/2 cents tax on a policy from the Phoenix Insurance Co.
Homer G. Gilmore. Half-cent battleship, along with 4-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, and 50-cent battleship documentaries, paying 89 & 1/2 cents tax on a 1901 contractors' employers liability policy issued by The Travelers Insurance Co in the amount of $188.84. Tax should have been 94 & 1/2 cents, so the missing stamp was presumably a 5-cent battleship.
Lovely multiple, a vertical block of 10, a complete strip of the sheet from top margin to bottom. It is the third largest reported multiple, unlisted in the Curtis Census.
W. J. D. Reconstructed block of 4 (two horizontal pairs) double impression. Only listed as mint in Scott, no listing for used. Value shown is for 4 singles.
B & M. This is the largest of 4 recorded multiples of R45b imperforate vertically. Far more scarce than the normal imperforate horizontally. The catalogue value shown is for two pairs. Ex-Curtis.
U.S. Casualty Co. Very interesting item. This is the first solo usage of a half-cent documentary battleship revenue stamp that I have seen. It appears to be a promotional 1-month accident insurance policy. Very innovative marketing idea!
M.M. & Co. Interesting tombstone-style framed handstamp cancel. Hardware, glass, putty &c.
Clerk's Office. An example of what I call 'The California Late Imperfs'. Normally imperforates and part perfs with late cancel dates are an immediate red flag for fakery... the one notable exception being a cache/hoard of imperfs that apparently resurfaced from storage late in the taxation period in California, that are legitimate imperforates and part perfs. Normally you don't find imperfs used after 1864, but California examples can be found MUCH later.
Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railway Co.
This one is a travesty... a vertical pair of R36a with a large-format clotheir handstamp cancel. Sadly, it has a piercing (document was stacked on a spindle on a clerk's desk) which results in severe tears to both stamps. It would have been a great showpiece otherwise.
Price, Parrish & Co. Very unusual handstamp cancel with either an eagle or a seal/walrus at the center (likely the former). I've not been able to dig up any logo or other images associated with this firm, which was an import house.
G.P. Hopkins. Very scarce negative photographer handstamp cancel, the only example I have ever seen.
Very unusual boxed 'PAID 4' handstamp cancel with very ornate corner ornaments.
Walker & Taylor. Extremely rare 7-line Walker & Taylor printed cancel; much more scarce than the 10-line printed cancels found on the 1-cent and 2-cent denominations. Double transfer at top and lower left.
S. McCrary. One of the three known California photographers that used stencil cancels. Very scarce. S. McCrary was located in a fraternal organization meeting room called the 'Odd Fellows Hall'.
Bold 'Bark Magna Charter' manuscript cancel.
Comstock's Regular Clipper Line. Reconstructed large-format boxed handstamp cancel from Comstock's Regular Clipper Line, New York to San Francisco.
Jacob Tobler. Fancy negative 'JT' script monogram cancel, the first example I have seen in a multiple.
B & Co. Unusual negative cancel with Old English font.
William Langford & Sons. Ornate insurance broker boxed handstamp cancel.
The Farmer's Bank of Washington County. Ornate oval bank cancel with fancy text placement.
The Montana Mineral Land and Mining Co.
FE & CEC. Very bold and heavy manuscript cancel.
Unusual circular handstamp cancel with 'AWF' script initials.
Simon de Visser. Large-size handstamp cancel with diagonal cutting blades above and below the date slug as part of the canceling device.
Dollar Steamship Lines. R247-249 with cut cancels and large-format circular handstamp cancels, prsumably from bills of lading. Very interesting and scarce.
Brady's Bend Iron Co. While at first glance it appears to be a handstamped cancel, it is actually a printed cancel. See my page devoted to the cancels of the Brady's Bend Iron Co.
Brady's Bend Iron Co. While at first glance it appears to be a handstamped cancel, it is actually a printed cancel. See my page devoted to the cancels of the Brady's Bend Iron Co.
John S. Emery & Co. Ship brokers cancel.
Charles W. Brooks & Co. Shipping and commission merchants and agents, Hawaiian Packet Line for Honolulu. An example of what I call 'The California Late Imperfs'. Normally imperforates and part perfs with late cancel dates are an immediate red flag for fakery... the one notable exception being a cache/hoard of imperfs that apparently resurfaced from storage late in the taxation period in California, that are legitimate imperforates and part perfs. Normally you don't find imperfs used after 1864, but California examples can be found MUCH later.
Tallant & Co. An example of what I call 'The California Late Imperfs'. Normally imperforates and part perfs with late cancel dates are an immediate red flag for fakery... the one notable exception being a cache/hoard of imperfs that apparently resurfaced from storage late in the taxation period in California, that are legitimate imperforates and part perfs. Normally you don't find imperfs used after 1864, but California examples can be found MUCH later.
E.F.B. & Co.
Walker & Taylor. 8-line printed cancel: SLOAN'S Condition Powder, Horse Ointment, Damily Ointment, Instant Relief. WALKER & TAYLOR. Not the greatest strike, or this would be a $150-250 item.
Meyer Brothers & Co.
Bank of Commerce.
Handy & Hoadley. Diminuitive embossed cancel.
J D. Printed/typeset cancel, where the press operator apparently had some positioning issues (the cancel should have been centered on the stamp).
Henderson Insurance Agency. Large 6-line insurance agency handstamp cancel.
1st National Bank.
Providence Washington Insurance Co. Tolman P-40-1.
Simon de Visser.
Reconstructed block of 9 of 5-cent Certifcate silk paper, showcasing a large-format flourished '31' processing handstamp cancel.
Set of high-denomination tobacco sale tax stamps: $1, $2, $5, $10, and $10, in used blocks of four.
Used block of 4 showing provisional F.D. (future delivery) handstamps. This provisional handstamp is also found in violet.
Part perforate stamps imperforate vertically tend to be far more scarce than their horizontally imperforate counterparts. However, some are incredibly scarce, and this is one example. To date, I have only been able to find one other reported multiple of R36b imperf vertically, that being a lone strip of three recorded in the Curtis Census. The Scott Catalogue does not currently provide separate values for imperf horizontal vs. vertical part perforates, a long overdue improvement.
J. Norris Greene. Large-format shield handstamp cancel. Subject of photo is Capt. Sidney T. Robinson mustered into the 14th Illinois Cavalry Regiment (Company L) as a Private on Jan. 7, 1863. He was transferred to the 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry Regiment on Dec. 14, 1864 as a First Lieutenant. He left the regiment as a Captain.
Francis Forshew. Large script F monogram handstamp cancel.
Very unusual. This CDV depicts a famous painting, Robert Walter Weir's 'The Embarkation of the Pilgrims', painted in 1857, which currently hangs in the United States Capitol rotunda.
Insurance Company of North America. Three 5-cent battleship documentaries along with 1-cent and half-cent battleships, paying 16.5 cents tax on a 1901 insurance policy.
Duncan, Hanna & Codd. Gorgeous two-color billhead with an American Indian vignette. 'Manufacturers and Dealers in Cut, Chewing, Smoking and Plug Tobacco'.
Block of six 5-cent Proprietaries plus 2 singles, used illegally as documentaries, on a portion of a note.
Continental Insurance Co. Insurance policy and wonderfully ornate renewal certificate.
October 1865 guardianship bond with 20 copies of R27c, including a block of 12 and strip of 5. The strip of 5 contains multiple examples with double transfers at bottom.
November 1898 bill of lading for transport of 25,000 bushels of oats from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Buffalo New York, aboard the steamer Mecosta.
Charles Kennee & Co. September 1898 bill of lading for 47,350 bushels of barley shipped via the steamer D.C. Whitney from Chicago to Buffalo, New York.
Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway. 1898 bill of lading for 4,419 tons of iron ore to be carried from Duluth, Minnesota to Cleveland, Ohio for the Adams Mining Co., about the steamship Menida (?).
Spencer, Moore & Co. Attractive 1898 bill of lading for 25,000 bushels of northern spring wheat sent from Duluth, Minnesota to Buffalo, New York on the steamer Merida.
A very meticulously-placed manuscript cancel.
Jeremiah Gurney. A huge jumbo of a stamp.
The Little Schuylkill Navigation Rail Road and Coal Co. Unlisted in Scott. Two R37b singles and a bisected single paying 25 cents tax on a portion of an 1864 stock certificate.
T. G. Emsley, Treasurer. Bisect with bold handstamp cancel, on a fragment of a tax lien document. Here is a photocopy of a complete document showing the other half of the same stamp.
Two document fragments, each with a bisected 2-cent USIR, being two halves of the same stamp. Here is an image of the two halves superimposed, showing that they are both halves of the same stamp.
A. A. Nash. Beautiful horizontal pair with centered handstamp cancel.
Double transfer in both bottom numerals of top stamp. Extremely scarce. DT is not listed in Scott for the part perforate stamp. The catalog value shown above is just for a normal pair.
W.D. Sherrerd. Just a gorgeous example of a steel die oval handstamp cancel.
2002 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Four-margin examples are difficult to find; most examples are considerably off-center.
Inverted center. Four-margin examples are difficult to find; most examples are considerably off-center.
Sewing machine perforations.
Pittsfield Transportation Company. First day of tax usage.
Henry W. Taft, clerk of judicial court. 5-cent Proprietary silk paper on an 1872 affidavit. Silk papers are fairly scarce on document, as you typically can only see the blue threads from the reverse of the stamp, meaning it needs to be lifted from the document. In this case, however, there are at least three blue silk threads visible on the face of the stamp. A wonderful example of a scarce silk paper.
A lovely example of the 2-cent Andrew Jackson 'Black Jack'on a probate court receipt for a distribution from an estate.
Two 10-cent Inland Exchange part perforate revenue stamps on 1864 articles of agreement. This is a case where imperforate vertically pert perfs are MUCH more scarce than imperforate horizontally, and are not reflected in the catalog values. This is only the second bona fide example of R36b imperf vertically that I have seen in almost 20 years.
The Neptune Steamship Company. Wonderful stylized signature handstamp cancel on an 1865 payment receipt for freight charges for 138 bales of cotton.
German Savings Bank. Very interesting bank check, dated July 2, 1898, but the stamp (tied) is dated July 1, 1898, the first day of the tax. So was this a clerical error, a postdated check, or something else?
Banking House of Eavey, Lane & Co. First day of tax usage, July 1, 1898.
Plogmann & Doany ??. An interesting group of 3 checks from the same company, all with illegal uses of proprietaries as documentaries, one with multi-line handstamp cancel, one with manuscript cancel, and one with mixed handstamp and manuscript cancel.
Wm. Barkley, Wholesale Druggist. Ornate large circular handstamp cancel on an 1867 receipt.
Continental Screw Co. 1868 receipt from the New York Central Railroad Co. to the Continental Screw Co.
Recorder of Deeds. Meticulous manuscript cancel that looks like a printed cancel at first glance, on an 1868 receipt for grading and graveling a city street.
Probate Court. 2-cent proprietary with partial margin imprint capture at bottom, used illegally as documentary on an 1867 probate court receipt.
Girard Bank. Orange 2-cent Playing Cards used illegally as documentary on an 1864 bank check.
Andes Insurance Co. 25-cent Certificate with genuine freak perforations (doubled) on a bold 1871 insurance policy renewal receipt printed in orange, an unusual ink choice for the period.
Bank of Espy. Two-color holographic (hand-written) check.
George W. Swett & Co. Ornate large-format oval handstamp cancel. Manufacturers of charcoal pig iron.
Quincy Mining Company. Illegal use of 1-cent Proprietary revenue as a documentary on an 1863 sight draft from the Quincy Mining Co.
The Elk National Bank. Lovely green elk vignette and nice boxed handstamp cancel.
Rickly & Brother, Bankers. 2-cent Andrew Jackson 'Black Jack' used illegally as a revenue stamp on an 1864 check, caught, and a 2-cent Bank Check revenue subsequently affixed.
An 'ugly duckling' of a cover, but very scarce and important. A 5-cent Inland Exchange revenue used illegally as postage on a cover to England. This cover was highlighted in Labron Harris's September 2019 American Philatelist article 'Early U.P.U. Treatment of Invalid Postage' as the earliest use he had seen of 'Xs and Os' cover markings to indicate invalid postage.
Army-Air Force Postal Service. Revenue stamped used illegally as postage on military cover from Nha Trang, Viet Nam to Kokomo, Indiana.
Business college stamp simulating a 2-cent battleship revenue stamp, on a training check from 1900. Catalog number and value is from Jim Drummond's College and School Stamps Catalogue.
Commissioners of Public Schools. 2-cent 'Black Jack' used illegally as revenue on a receipt from the Commissioner of Public Schools in Baltimore for a principal's desk.
E. C. Knight & Co. E.C. Knight was an importer and sugar refiner.
USPS. It's too bad that the stamp is munched, otherwise this would be a several hundred dollar cover. 10-cent Certificate used illegally as postage on an 1867 cover to Canada, not caught by the postal authorities. Hamilton, Canada receiving mark on reverse.
Horizontal strip of four 1-cent Proprietary stamps, used illegally as documentaries, short paying the tax (should have been 5 cents) on an 1869 payment order.
Milnes & Houck, Shenandoah Iron Works. 3rd Issue 2c USIR with portrait shifted dramatically to lower right, on an 1872 check from the Shenandoah Iron Works.
2-cent Black Jack used illegally as revenue on an 1866 receipt from an estate.
Major H. H. Bandholtz. 2-cent Trans-Mississippi commemorative plate number single used illegally as revenue stamp on an 1899 check, signed by (then) Major H. H. Bandholtz, of future Philippines 'O.B.' overprint fame.
Major H. H. Bandholtz. Two 1-cent Trans-Mississippi commemoratives used illegally as revenue stamps on an 1899 check, signed by (then) Major H. H. Bandholtz, of future Philippines 'O.B.' overprint fame.
USPS. 10-cent Inland Exchage used illegally as postage on an 1868 advertising cover to England. Caught once it reached England (note the 'MORE TO PAY' handstamp cancel). Receiving handstamps on reverse.
USPS. Two 1-cent Franklin singles with red provisional overprints used illegally as postage on cover, used the first day of tax, July 1, 1898.
USPS. Horizontal pair of 1-cent Franklins with red provisional overprints, used illegally as postage on cover. Interesting CHICAMAUGA NATL PARK handstamp cancel.
USPS. 2-cent battleship documentary used illegally as postage on a July 9, 1898 early usage cover.
USPS. 2-cent battleship documentary used illegally as postage on a slightly out-of-period 1904 cover.
USPS. 2-cent battleship documentary used illegally as postage out-of-period on a 1910 cover.
USPS. 2-cent Battleship documentary used illegally as postage out of period on a 1910 cover.
Diagonally bisected 10-cent Power of Attorney, plus a 25-cent Insurance, paying the correct 30-cent tax on an 1870 promissory note. The document itself is pretty beat up, but this is only the second reported example of R37e.
USPS. 2-cent battleship revenue stamp used illegally as postage on a 1903 postal stationery cover.
USPS. 4-cent documentary used illegally as postage on cover, caught by the USPS, and marked 4-cents postage due.