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Illegal usage of postage stamp as a revenue on document.
Illegal usage of postage stamp as a revenue on document.
People's Transportation Company.
Pacific Mail Steamship Co.. Three strikes of Pacific Mail Steamship Co. single-line cancels, two of the ship MONTANA and one of the ship GREAT REPUBLIC. Mixed-ship occurences, while documented, are very scarce, with only a handful known to exist.
Alfred Tatem. Vertical bisect on a complete label for a trial size of 'Fish's Saratoga Asperient' prepared by George H. Fish & SOns, Saratoga Springs, New York. The regular size would have been taxed at 4 cents, hence the 2-cent tax on the trial size. Scott lists but does not price RB4d. This is the first example I have ever seen. I am aware of one other example, found by a New York collector approximately 40 years ago.
A. L. Howe for Arkansas Construction Co.. Not only a first day of tax usage, which are highly sought after, but also an illegal/improper usage, with RB28 2-cent proprietary battleship used instead of a documentary. A double whammy!
Scott # RO157a, proprietary match stamp from D. M. Richardson, used illegally/improperly as a documentary on an 1867 handwritten receipt. Very scarce. Ex-Morrissey.
Phillips & Jordan Iron Co.. Gorgeous Phillips & Jordan Iron Co. stock certificate, featuring an R112 with socked-on-the nose cancel at right along with a hammered matching embossed seal at left. What really takes this certificate to 11 is the manufacturing vignette at center. It may not be apparent in the scan, but it is printed in reflective metallic bronze, extremely unusual.
Jacob B. Ritter. This may very well be the largest ornate handstamp cancel I have ever seen, on a billhead from Jacob Ritter, 'importer of bolting cloths'. The branding in the cancel text matches the branding at upper left on the billhead. Gorgeous!
Standard Perfume House. A colorfully printed envelope of perfume powder with RB21 affixed, with 'S.P.H. 1899' (Standard Perfume House) straight line cancel.
B. Baker, town clerk. An 1866 dog license from Brookline, Mass., with a dog's head vignette. Very uncommon document type. Reading the text of the statutes, it's clear that while while there were penalties for harming a licensed dog, society of the time had no love for unlicensed animals, which were to be killed on sight. The SPCA would not approve...
Indianapolis, Cincinnati & Lafayette Railroad Co.. Monthly railroad pass, taxed as an agreement (see language above stamp). There are some very beautiful railroad passes with RNs imprinted upon them, but they are incredibly expensive. The ones like this from the Civil War era are actually less common, but they bring less on the market.
Boston and Providence Railroad Corp.. Bill of lading from the Boston and Providence Railroad, with an illegal usage of a 2-cent Blackjack as revenue.
F. A. Packard, General Insurance Agent. This is a very unusual certificate, an underwriter's policy renewal certificate. As a bonus, it has a great ornate insurance agent handstamp cancel. Ex-Morrissey.
Louis Iken. 1872 3rd bill of exchange, New York to London, from Louis Iken (cotton broker), showing a complete strike of a large format device that Iken used to modify his business checks upon the break-up of his partnership (the bar obliterated the previous business name). Ex-Morrissey.
Office of the Collector of Internal Revenue. Silver Tax Form 2 indicating no profit on the transaction, and thus no tax due, yet 1 cent was required to be paid and a 1-cent silver tax stamp was affixed, in order to process the form. Unusual.
Diagonal bisect attached to a vertical right margin pair of R15c, paying 5 cents tax on a contract.
USPS. Illegal usage of revenue as postage on a picture postcard, with a great strike of an RPO cancel.
Tallant & Co.. A ratty and tattered, yet still attached second and third bills of foreign exchange, with R25c and California revenue affixed.
Ames Plow Co.. Billhead with attractive vignette.
Germania Fire Insurance Company. One of the most beautiful stock certificates ever produced (in my opinion).
Steamer Eagle. Attractive bill of lading with a paddle-wheel steamer vignette, featuring handstamp cancels with the steamship's name and the captain's name.
Kuntz Brewery. Check made out to Marel (Marcel?) Kuntz, and the stamp canceled with the brewery's beer cancel. Very unusual!
Mechanics' Bank. Scott #63, 1-cent Franklin used illegally as a revenue on a bank check with a great arm-and-hammer vignette in green. Tax was underpaid, as it should have been 2 cents.
The Hartford Fire Insurance Co.. Insurance premium receipt.
L. B. Simonds. 'Ambrotype artist'. Wonderful large-format stencil backstamp. It's possible this was also used as a stamp cancel; if you have any examples, please contact me.
Rare provisional overprint, similar to Scott R156-158, but smaller format, on a marriage certificate from Huron County, Michigan. This is the second such document reported, the first having received a clean Philatelic Foundation certificate.
Pacific Mail Steamship Co.. Bold and complete strike of a very scarce rounded-corner boxed cancel. It almost always is found on 25-cent denominations, very rarely on low denominations.
A. S. K???K & Co.. Ink manufacturers.
Fabbri & Chauncey. Cut cancel, but also a beautiful well-placed handstamp cancel.
Fitchburg Railroad Co..
Abel Guy. Once of the late-date California imperf usages.
Damon & Baker. Rare proprietary medicine cancel. Damon & Baker was located in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada.
H. S.. Large bold typeset printed cancel.
S. T. W.. Very unusual font.
J. & J. Stuart & Co.. Very interestingly inked cancel; appears to have a ribbon background.
Walker & Taylor. Very scarce 4-line printed cancel: 'W. & T. CONDITION POWDER 1866.'
Very unusual, possibly an improper/illegal documentary use? 'EJH Dec'd (deceased?)'.
Walker & Taylor. Excellent inverted strike of 8-line printed cancel: 'SLOAN'S Condition Powder, Horse Ointment, Family Ointment. Instant Relief. WALKER & TAYLOR'.
Providence Institution for Savings.
L. N. Keeler. 'Commission merchant, and dealer in flour, grain, feed, &c.'
Ainsworth & Bonbright. Large format oval handstamp cancel. Agricultural dealers.
B. L. Mann & Co.. 'Commission merchants & hide & leather dealers'.
Union Comb Co..
Wonderful ornate ornament at center.
W. T. Hatch & Son. Lovely multiline red handstamp 'FOR DEPOSIT IN BANK OF NEW YORK TO THE CREDIT OF W.T. HATCH & SON'.
The National Market Bank. Large format double-rim oval handstamp cancel.
Bold generic 'CANCELLED' stencil cancel.
Corporation (?). Very unusual. Is it 'Trinity Church Corporation' (unlikely) or just generic 'Corporation'?
Spring Valley Water Works.
The American News Co..
Pacific Elastic Sponge Co..
Commercial Bank. Under Union occupation. Scarce cancel with inverted year slug.
Lill's Chicago Brewery Co..
Oriental Powder Co..
National Rubber Co..
Ontario Steamboat Co..
Bank of Kentucky. Bold 'Bank of Kentucky' manuscript cancel, along with a well-struck embossed bank seal.
Lodi Print Works.
Smith Paper Company.
Manchester Print Works.
Baltimore Warehouse Co..
D. G. Cooke. Cotton factors.
Forest City Sugar Refining Co..
Lowell Gas Light Co..
??? J. Millard. Lumber dealers.
Tiffin Agricultural Works.
The N. Y. Condensing Co..
??? & Burritt. Wholesale dealers in agricultural implements.
Dale Manufacturing Co..
Parsons Paper Co..
National Commercial Bank of Albany. Large format PAID oval bank cancel.
Kingston National Bank. Horizontal pair with large format cancel.
Berkshire Woolen Co..
Boatmen's Saving Institution.
Bold 'DELETED' handstamp cancel.
Albert G. Cherry, Agent. Block of 4 with partial margin imprint, showing a large format multiline handstamp cancel.
Amoskeag Machine Shop. Locomotive works.
William M. Parks. Stock broker.
??? County National Bank. Scarce Christmas Day cancel.
J. W. Bassett. Diminuitive cancel.
Lowell Machine Shop.
W. H. Winslow & Co.. 'Manufacturers Materials'. Very unusual with the city in the center of the oval rather than the date.
Choate Manufacturing Co..
Cristiani & Co..
E. Pavenstedt & Co..
De R & D. Bold handstamp cancel, positioned perfectly to give George a Hercule Poirot moustache!
A. Rusch & Co.. European-style oval cancel in blue-green. Rusch & Co. was an importing house.
E. Pavenstedt & Co..
Grace. Very scarce printed cancel, unattributed.
Brown & Fox.
J. P. Meade & Co.. R206, along with R207, R211, and R212, paying 16-1/2 cents tax, likely on an insurance policy.
Collector of Internal Revenue. Block of 4 with full gum, never hinged, with precancel 'DIST HAWAII COLLR. INT. REV.'
Precanceled block of 4.
T.D.H. & Co..
Ela Manufacturing Co.. Precanceled block of 4 with full original gum. Precanceling an entire sheet of stamps using a typewriter must have been tedious work (note the differing horizontal and vertical spacing).
Phoenix Assurance Company of London.
Simonds & Co.. Oval proprietary handstamp with very unusual striping and font makeup.
G & Co.. Unusual hollow font, or an inking/pressure issue.
Florida cancels are quite scarce.
White Line Transportation Co..
J. M. Hartshorne & Bro..
Previously unreported double transfer with doubling in STATES at top, REVENUE at bottom, and but upper and lower curved scroll lettering.
Unlisted double transfer in bottom letters.
Double transfer in DOLLAR and doubling of bottom frame line.
Horizontal pair with right stamp exhibiting the foreign entry of the 1c above and outside the top numerals. Catalog value shown is that of a normal pair.
Foreign entry of 1c above top numerals.
Very unusual thin almost translucent paper with vertical mesh almost like laid paper. Additionally, there are surface marks in a circular/squiggle pattern across the entire reverse.
Foregn entry, design of 70c at top. Excellent margins.
Very dramatic doubling in lower right corner of stamp; unlisted in Scott.
Hamlin Brothers Wizard Oil Co.. Somewhat blurred strike of a fairly scarce cancel. Scratched plate at bottom center.
Left frame line doubled.
Scratched plate tailing off the last E in CERTIFICATE.
Cracked plate extending down through George's head. A very crisply printed example.
Gash across bridge of George's nose as well as a long plate scratch through REVENUE. Position 55.