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Last updated October 9, 2021 My Revenue Stamp Collection Newest Additions

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Scott # 267a. Added October 9, 2021

267a

Bank of Ellensburg. 2-cent George Washington Bureau definitive used illegally as a revenue stamp on a check from The Cloverdale Creamery in Ellensburg, Washington, the check written June 30, 1898, the day before the tax went into effect, presented for payment on July 1, the first day of tax. A beautiful illegal/improper first day usage.


Scott # R48c. Added October 8, 2021

R48c

George S. Porter, Port Warden. A very scarce document type, an 1864 port warden's certificate from San Francisco. Secondary certification transaction on the reverse with an R27b part perf.


Scott # R154. Added October 8, 2021

R154

United States Express Co. Tattered 2-sided receipt book page from the United States Express Co. with each side showing 5 examples of R154, each with a bold large-format 'USX' multi-line handstamp cancel. Additional handstamp at upper right reading 'From Iowa Domestic Medicine Co. Iowa City, Iowa'.


Scott # R168. Added October 7, 2021

R168

The Bank of Charleson. Block of 4 of the 10-cent battleship documentary plus a 2-cent battleship featuring a fancy bold multiline handstamp cancel, paying the tax on an 1899 promissory note.


Scott # R167. Added October 7, 2021

R167

The Mexican Telephone Co. 5-cent, 1-cent, and 25-cent battleship documentaries paying the tax on a stock transfer of shares in the Mexican Telephone Company.


Scott # R23c. Added October 7, 2021

R23c

Henry D. Barto & Co's Bank. The document itself is a bit worse for wear, printed on a translucent tissue paper, but the shield handstamp cancel is lovely.


Scott # R164p. Added October 7, 2021

R164p

USPS. 2-cent battleship documentary used illegally as postage on a 1923 cover from Nome Alaska to San Fancirco, California.


Scott # R15c. Added October 6, 2021

R15c

J. McManus & Co. Ornate boxed handstamp cancel on an 1865 receipt for 4 stoves and metal castings.


Scott # R86a. Added October 6, 2021

R86a

$3 Manifest imperforate plus $5 Mortgage perforated and a pair of $1 Conveyance perforated, paying $10 tax on an 1864 Ohio warranty deed.


Scott # RB45. Added October 1, 2021

RB45

Full gum mint never hinged block of 4 of the Scott-listed double impression ('kiss impression' technically). You can see a faint magenta cancel at the right edge of the right 2 stamps, so presumably these were precanceled.


Scott # R84d. Added October 1, 2021

R84d

Considerably more scarce than the Scott value difference from R84c would imply, in my opinion. No image of the back of the stamp needed, as there are two large blue silk threads visible on the face, one in Washington's hair at right and one in the second E of REVENUE at bottom.


Scott # R15c. Added September 30, 2021

R15c

Kennedy & Mallon. Attractive billhead from Kennedy & Mallon, 'Choice Family Groceries, Wines & Liquors' in Virginia, Nevada, featuring both a 2c USIR documentary as well as a Nevada state tax stamps. Most Nevada state tax revenues are found on checks or high-dollar industrial transactions, e.g., mortgages. You don't see many of the mundane day-to-day documents (receipts, invoices, legal documents) that are so often seen with federal revenues affixed.


Scott # R164. Added September 30, 2021

R164

Little Miami Railroad Co. 1899 stock certificate for 1 share of the Little Miami Railroad Co. Nice embossed seal depicting a train.


Scott # R20c. Added September 26, 2021

R20c

W. Grove & Co. Tattered and torn, but incredibly scarce. An 1863 first bill of exchange, Havana Cuba, drawn on a party in New York, in the amount of $1,400. Taxed 14 cents (short-lived Inland Exchange 1863 rate of 2c per $200), with Cuba 1 escudo Giro ('Draft') tax paid in 1868 to ensure legality in a long-running legal action (specifics courtesy of Mike Mahler).


Scott # R44c. Added September 6, 2021

R44c

St. Louis, Vandalia, & Terre Haute Rail Road Co. Interesting stock certificate, taxed when issued in 1871 and subsequently in 1899 when redeemed/transferred.


Scott # R155. Added September 6, 2021

R155

Caledonian Insurance Co. Very attractive first day of tax usage on an insurance policy. The correct tax for the transaction was 28.5 cents, so this overpaid the tax by a half cent, thus corroborrating the shortage of half-cent battleship documentaries at the beginning of the tax period. Large-format first-day documents are quite scarce.


Scott # RB21. Added September 6, 2021

RB21

Hartford Fire Insurance Co. Horizontal pair of quarter-cent proprietary battleships, used improperly to make the half-cent component of a 2.5-cent rate on a fire insurance policy. Despite Hartford being a fairly large company, they must have run out of the half-cent documentary battleships.


Scott # RF1. Added September 5, 2021

RF1

Robert Bell's Sons. 2-cent Playing Cards used improperly on an 1899 bank check. All known examples are from this company.


Scott # 267. Added September 4, 2021

267

Boise City National Bank. 2-cent Bureau definitive used improperly on an October 1898 Boise City, Idaho bank check.


Scott # RB27. Added September 4, 2021

RB27

Jonestown Bank. 2-cent Proprietary battleship used improperaly as a documentary on a bank check, caught by the receiving bank when deposited and a precanceled 2-cent Documentary battleship affixed over the original. See matching bank cancel on the reverse.


Scott # R13c. Added July 25, 2021

R13c

George C. Goodwin & Co. Very dramatic all over double transfer, unlisted in Scott, plate position unknown. Almost all lettering, numerals, and frame elements are doubled to some extent.


Scott # R30c. Added July 25, 2021

R30c

3 huge jumbo margins.


Scott # R78a. Added July 25, 2021

R78a

E & Co.


Scott # R11c. Added July 25, 2021

R11c

N. O. Johnson. Very unusual handstamp cancel with curved ERIE in the center. Business is either N.O. JOHNSON or N.Q. JOHNSON, I cannot tell which.


Scott # R259. Added July 25, 2021

R259

Very scarce block of 4. Scott lists but does not price the block of 4 either mint or used. The catalog value above is for 4 singles. This is the first block I have ever seen.


Scott # R183. Added July 25, 2021

R183

Horizontal pair. Fairly scarce in multiples.


Scott # R140. Added July 25, 2021

R140

Very large margins. A bit muddy impression, but appears to have doubling in 1st and 3rd stars at top.


Scott # R1a. Added July 25, 2021

R1a

Enormous jumbo! Parts of adjacent stamps can be seen at top and left.


Scott # RE15a. Added July 25, 2021

RE15a

Right margin example of this double impression. All known examples have the same manuscript cancel.


Scott # R36d. Added July 25, 2021

R36d


Scott # R140. Added July 25, 2021

R140

Double transfer in top stars, position ??.


Scott # R229. Added July 25, 2021

R229

USPS. 2-cent documentary paying the parcel post tax on a cloth parcel tag from the Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia.


Scott # R154. Added July 24, 2021

R154

Southern Pacific Co., Sunset Route. Bill of lading.


Scott # R12c. Added July 22, 2021

R12c

Very scarce pair of 2c Playing Cards in orange. Only the tenth reported multiple of any size. Appears to be from the same sheet and canceled by the same hand as this pair.


Scott # R52c. Added July 20, 2021

R52c

Eagle White Lead Co. Solo use of 30c Inland Exchange correctly paying the tax on an 1869 payment note.


Scott # R13c. Added July 17, 2021

R13c

Block of 4 with multiple minor double transfers throughout. Top 2 stamps are canceled with magenta X's, the bottom 2 stamps not canceled. They appear to be precancels of some sort, as all 4 stamps have full gum.


Scott # R118. Added July 17, 2021

R118

Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Two partial strikes of handstamps from the Pacific Mail Steamship RISING STAR. If the strikes were complete, this would be a $150-250 item.


Scott # R13c. Added July 17, 2021

R13c

Plate cracks or inking anomalies at right.


Scott # R113. Added July 17, 2021

R113

Double transfer in top stars, plate position 47; the boldest of several plate positions exhibiting double transfers in the stars.


Scott # R164. Added March 23, 2021

R164

USPS. 2-cent battleship documentary used illegally as postage on an 1899 cover addressed to the Risdon Iron Works in San Francisco, caught and held for postage. It appears that there may have been a postage stamp affixed over the auxiliary markings, but got lost somewhere along the way.


Scott # R25c. Added March 19, 2021

R25c

L. Millsner & Co., pawnbroker. Pawn tickets from the Civil War era are incredibly rare, with currently only 14 reported examples. No one saved them, as they were only needed until pawned items were retrieved. Of the 14 known examples, this is the only example not from New York City or Philadelphia. The other 13 examples have loan periods ranging from 4 months to 1 year, whereas the loan period for this pawn was an incredibly short 1-day loan for $300, which was a huge sum at that time.


Scott # 279b. Added February 28, 2021

279b

Maine State Grange. 2-cent Washington used illegally as a revenue stamp on a National Shoe & Leather Bank check, caught, and a 2-cent battleship documentary subsequently affixed to legitimately pay the tax.


Scott # 268. Added February 28, 2021

268

S. L. Wadsworth.

A check on the Frontier National Bank in Eastport, Maine, dated July 6, 1898, with bisected 3-cent (Scott #268) and 1-cent (Scott #279) bureau issues improperly paying the 2 cent tax (1.5 cents + 0.5 cents = 2 cents). Across the pair of bisects is a manuscript cancel reading 'I.R. SLW & Son 7/6/98'.

S.L. Wadsworth & Son was ship chandlery established in Eastport in 1818 and still exists as a hardware store today.

While the assumption is that this piece is philatelic rather than commercial, arguments can be made as to why it MIGHT be a legitimate improper usage (that might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but what I mean is an illegal usage done out of expediency or to defraud the government rather than a collector's creation).

  1. The date July 6, 1898 is very early in the taxation period, which is when the majority of legit illegal/improper usages are found, before ample supply of revenue stamps were delivered to more remote areas.
  2. Eastport Maine is a very remote location, the easternmost city/town in the United States, consisting entirely of islands.


Scott # R17c. Added February 28, 2021

R17c

Giles Bishop. Wonderfully centered 3-cent Playing Cards on a CDV. There appear to be plate scratches across the top. I'm looking for a confirming example with the same scratches, so please contact me if you have seen one.


Scott # R94c. Added February 20, 2021

R94c

Top frame line doubled, currently not listed in Scott, but confirming examples exist.


Scott # R35c. Added February 7, 2021

R35c

Gorgeous jumbo margins and well centered.


Scott # R70c. Added February 5, 2021

R70c

Extremely dry (underinked) plate.


Scott # R76a. Added February 4, 2021

R76a

Right frame line doubled.


Scott # R337. Added February 4, 2021

R337

USPS. 2-cent series 1942 red documentary used illegally as postage on a 1944 commercial cover from the Merchants Fire Assurance Corporation of New York to the Collector of Internal Revenue. Mid-20th century nonphilatelic illegal use covers are quite scarce.


Scott # R113. Added January 31, 2021

R113

Double transfer in all 6 stars at top. One of 5 plate positions exhibiting the double transfer, this one is the second most bold, plate position 92. Unlisted in Scott.


Scott # R116. Added January 31, 2021

R116

Foreign entry, design of 70c. Plate position 51.


Scott # R123. Added January 31, 2021

R123

Double transfer in top margin, plate position 42. Not listed in Scott.


Scott # R115. Added January 31, 2021

R115

Horizontal pair with left stamp showing a double transfer at the base of the letters in the top scroll.


Scott # R66a. Added January 31, 2021

R66a

Interestingly, in addition to the right frame line doubled, there is also a stray vertical line going up through the lower right numeral.


Scott # R72c. Added January 31, 2021

R72c

Dodge & Stevenson. Diagonal plate scratch at bottom. Need confirming example and plate position.


Scott # R27c. Added January 22, 2021

R27c

Horizontal strip of 4, each with large margins and choice centering.


Scott # R7a. Added January 22, 2021

R7a

Long vertical plate scratch at left.


Scott # R154. Added January 22, 2021

R154

1-cent I.R. provisional overprint block of 15, used on the first day of tax, July 1, 1898.


Scott # R15c. Added January 17, 2021

R15c

Vineland Fruit Preserving Co. Wonderful typeset printed cancel on an 1867 bank check.


Scott # RB4a. Added January 17, 2021

RB4a

N. W. M.


Scott # RB16b. Added January 17, 2021

RB16b

M.F. Milward.


Scott # RB15c. Added January 17, 2021

RB15c

?? R & Co. Faked roulettes. You can see the indents of the original perforations down the right side.


Scott # R87c. Added January 9, 2021

R87c

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.


Scott # R24c. Added January 9, 2021

R24c

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.


Scott # R88c. Added January 9, 2021

R88c

Brady's Bend Iron Co.


Scott # RE70. Added January 2, 2021

RE70

Taylor Wine Co.


Scott # R164p. Added January 2, 2021

R164p

Commercial Milling Co.


Scott # R28c. Added December 31, 2020

R28c

William B. Wesson. 5-cent Playing Cards used illegally/improperly as a documentary, along with two 2-cent revenues, paying 9 cents tax on an 1867 land contract: 5 cents on April 24 per agreement, 2 cents on April 24 paying the receipt tax for the payment made at the time the contract was executed, and 2 cents on June 1 paying the receipt tax for the first scheduled payment.


Scott # R1b. Added December 31, 2020

R1b

Cochituate Water Board Office. Amazingly scarce item: A legitimate late-date east coast usage of a part perf or imperf. Typically genuine late-date usages are confined to the West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington) or are not genuine imperfs or part perfs, as supplies had been fully consumed by mid-to-late 1864. An 1868 usage is incredibly late, but this being a vertical pair makes it unquestionably genuine.


Scott # R84d. Added December 30, 2020

R84d

Portsmouth National Bank.


Scott # R148. Added December 29, 2020

R148

Perfectly balanced jumbo margins.


Scott # R19a. Added December 27, 2020

R19a

Scott listed sewing machine perforations; very scarce.


Scott # RB13a. Added December 27, 2020

RB13a

W. H. S. & Co.


Scott # R64c. Added December 27, 2020

R64c

Fitchburg Railroad Co. Typeset printed cancel is Tolman #F-1A-2, shown in opposite directions on two examples of the 60-cent Inland Exchange. Incredibly scarce on this denomination.


Scott # R24c. Added December 27, 2020

R24c

Extremely well-centered stamp with a blue oval bookseller handstamp cancel.


Scott # R151. Added December 27, 2020

R151

Unusual BD monogram, in a smaller font and format than one frequently seen on larger denomination 3rd issue revenues.


Scott # R14c. Added December 26, 2020

R14c

Geneva National Bank. 2-cent Proprietary used illegally/improperly as a documentary on a holographic (hand written) bank check.


Scott # R12c. Added December 26, 2020

R12c

Bank of Commerce. 2-cent orange Playing Cards used improperly as a documentary on an 1864 bank check.


Scott # RB30. Added December 26, 2020

RB30

USPS. Illegal/improper use of a 4-cent proprietary battleship as postage on a 1905 cover, with a ton of different auxiliary markings as well as the tattered remnants of a post office seal.


Scott # R228. Added December 20, 2020

R228

USPS. 1-cent documentary used illegally as postage on a 1937 cover from an insurance company to a bank.


Scott # 73. Added December 20, 2020

73

Merchant Savings Loan and Trust Co. 2-cent black Andrew Jackson used illegally as a revenue stamp on an 1865 check, caught, and a 2-cent orange Bank Check revenue (R6c) subsequently affixed.


Scott # R152b. Added December 16, 2020

R152b

Very bold example of the Scott-listed double transfer, with doubled elements in TWO and bottom frame line. Considerably more scarce than the catalogue value implies.


Scott # R152b. Added December 16, 2020

R152b

Scott-listed double transfer, with doubled elements in TWO and bottom frame line. Considerably more scarce than the catalogue value implies.


Scott # R152a. Added December 16, 2020

R152a

Stray horizontal frame line at top right.


Scott # R152b. Added December 16, 2020

R152b

Tool gouge in the numeral 2 at bottom as well as possible double transfer elements in NTS of CENTS.


Scott # R152b. Added December 16, 2020

R152b

Muddy/mushy areas of print on the left side of the stamp, possibly the result of the paper bumping against the plate?


Scott # R152b. Added December 15, 2020

R152b

Doubled frameline at bottom, the result of a double transfer.


Scott # R152b. Added December 14, 2020

R152b

Doubled frameline at upper left, the result of a double transfer.


Scott # R152b. Added December 14, 2020

R152b

Doubled frameline at upper left, the result of a double transfer.


Scott # R152b. Added December 14, 2020

R152b

Doubled frameline at upper right, the result of a double transfer.


Scott # R65a. Added December 13, 2020

R65a

M & E Bank. 2012 APEX certificate.


Scott # 267. Added December 4, 2020

267

National Black River Bank. Pair of drafts from the National Black River Bank in Proctorsville, Vermont, each with a 2-cent postage stamp used illegally as a revenue stamp, tied with handstamp cancel. One went through uncaught, whereas the other one was caught at the bank where submitted, the National Exchange Bank in Boston, where a revenue stamp was subsequently affixed and hammered by a bold boxed handstamp cancel. The added bonus being that both documents are dated July 1, 1898, the first day of the tax.


Scott # R69a. Added November 26, 2020

R69a

???. Listed in Tolman/Shellabear as type P-3, but the company name is not actually listed in the table of contents.


Scott # R15c. Added November 26, 2020

R15c

Fuchs Brothers. Vendor of wine, liquors, cigars.


Scott # R113. Added November 25, 2020

R113

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.


Scott # R33c. Added November 24, 2020

R33c

Bold manuscript cancel with great visual contrast.


Scott # R182. Added November 24, 2020

R182

Cambria Steel Co.


Scott # R188. Added November 24, 2020

R188

Mengel Box Co.


Scott # R55c. Added November 24, 2020

R55c

3 huge jumbo margins.


Scott # R201. Added November 21, 2020

R201

Unusual and ornate fancy shield cancel.


Scott # R10c. Added November 9, 2020

R10c

Mortgage with two $2 Conveyance paying the tax, but what is more interesting is the use of a quadrisected 2-cent Express (R10c) as sigillums (seals for the signature). Very unusual usage, the first example I have seen of a revenue stamp used in this manner.


Scott # R3c. Added November 8, 2020

R3c

National Mechanics and Traders Bank. Horizontal pair of 1-cent Proprietary revenues used illegally as documentaries on an 1867 bank check.


Scott # 146. Added November 8, 2020

146

National Union Bank. Two-cent Andrew Jackson used illegally as a revenue stamp on an 1873 check with an eagle vignette.


Scott # R167. Added November 8, 2020

R167

Reading Mining and Development Co. Very ornately engraved stock certificate.


Scott # R33c. Added November 8, 2020

R33c

Continental Insurance Co. Ornately engraved 1869 certificate of profits. Cancel is Tolman C-52c.


Scott # R65c. Added November 8, 2020

R65c

This is by far the biggest jumbo of R65c I have ever seen. If not for the pinholes, this would be a candidate for PSE or PF grading.


Scott # 63. Added November 7, 2020

63

Quincy Mining Co. Very interesting piece. A 1-cent Franklin postage stamp used illegally as revenue, along with a horizontal pair of 10-cent Power of Attorney part perforates on a February 1863 voting proxy (early matching usage) from the Quincy mining company. A similar document (sans illegal usage) is shown in Mike Mahler's book U.S. Revenue-Stamped Documents of the Civil War Era. The proxy was for 3 related family members, hence what should have been 30 cents tax. Either the clerk grabbed the wrong blue stamp in their haste, or they ran out of 10-cent revenue stamps and grabbed something that looked close. Either way, the document is doubly illegal: (1) postage stamp used as revenue, and (2) short payment of the tax.


Scott # R154. Added October 26, 2020

R154

USPS. Mangled 1-cent and 2-cent provisional revenue overprints used illegally as postage long out of period.


Scott # R24c. Added October 25, 2020

R24c

Portsmouth, Great Falls and Conway Railroad. 1st issue 5c Certificate used illegally as postage on a railroad cover. Sadly opened roughly at right, tearing off part of the stamp. Otherwise it would be a $250+ item. Was found along with a 1956 letter from Hugh Shellabear, a renowned revenue collector and author, to the cover's owner describing the cover and its attributes.


Scott # R34c. Added October 25, 2020

R34c

USPS. 1st issue 10-cent Contract used illegally as postage, out of period, on an 1895 envelope fragment.


Scott # R135. Added October 24, 2020

R135

USPS. 3rd issue documentary used illegally as postage LONG out of period, on a 1938 cover, caught and 2 cents postage due assessed.


Scott # R164p. Added October 24, 2020

R164p

USPS. 2-cent battleship documentary used illegally as postage on a 1927 cover, used out of period.


Scott # R229. Added October 24, 2020

R229

USPS. 2-cent documentary used illegally as postage on a 1921 advertising cover.


Scott # R164. Added October 24, 2020

R164

USPS. 2-cent battleship documentary used illegally as postage on a 1900 cover, caught and held for 10 days until correct postage was affixed.


Scott # R196. Added October 24, 2020

R196

USPS. Horizontal pair of 1-cent documentaries used illegally as postage on a 1915 cover with a preprinted address.


Scott # 65. Added October 24, 2020

65

3-cent Washington used illegally as a documentary revenue on an 1865 promissory note.


Scott # R13c. Added October 24, 2020

R13c

Tioga Railroad Co. 2c Proprietary used illegally as a documentary on an 1865 dividend receipt.


Scott # R32a. Added October 18, 2020

R32a

Simon de Visser. Vertical pair showing bold strikes of contrasting red SdeV handstamp cancels.


Scott # R6c. Added October 18, 2020

R6c

Not a T5 major double transfer, but about the closest thing to it with respect to the doubling of letters in the bottom scroll.


Scott # R7b. Added October 15, 2020

R7b

Listed as a fake because R7b doesn't exist. Likely created from an an imperforate R7a, but the question is why? It doesn't make sense as a philatelic forgery. The perfs are jagged and nonstandard. I posit that it may have been privately done for the sake of expediency and functionality, similar to the private sewing machine perforations. Interesting regardless.

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