These are the newest additions to my collection.
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Mathew Brady. Scarce 'Washington' script printed cancel. Considerably more scarce than the 'Brady' script cancel.
Mathew Brady. Great strike of 'Brady' script cancel on a CDV of an unidentified soldier. CDV has front marks tying together the 'Brady' and 'Washington' script printed cancels.
USPS. 2c Trans-Mississippi (286) used with two each 3c and 5c Battleship Documentary Revenues on registered cover from New Orleans to Edinburgh, Scotland, New Orleans Jul. 1, 1898 registered datestamp, transited New York with registry label applied over 2c Trans-Mississippi, London registered handstamps, Edinburgh and New York backstamps. Most unusual use to pay the 8c registry fee plus double the 5c UPU rate. Despite the illegality of using revenue stamps as postage, this cover passed through both New Orleans and New York without complaint by postal clerks. Ex Dr. Heimburger.
Mangled, tattered, and torn, but still unusual and interesting. A parcel fragment franked with three complete strips of R250, a strip of three R249, two complete strips of R246, a single of R246a, and several smaller denominations, totalling $13,792.65 in tax paid. Stamps are both handstamped and cut canceled. Catalog value referenced above is for cut cancels.
The Ben Franklin Associates. Printed cancel on an admission ticket to the 59th Semi-Annual Conference of The Ben Franklin Associates, to be held on July 4, 1863. The only reported example.
Etiwan Fertilizers. Spectactular oval handstamp cancel on a 2-cent Andrew Jackson used illegally as a revenue stamp on a holographic check.
Foreign entry, design of 70c (the semicircles at left and right of top ribbon).
Jefferson Gold and Silver Mining Co. Very scarce part perf to find still on original document. Part of next stamp showing at bottom.
Continental Insurance Co. Certificate or profits with allegorical figure at left and great stylized globe in clouds at center.
Goetting & Co. 1/8-cent proprietary battleship revenue stamp still on its original sachet powder envelope. The envelope has a pebbled texture and is embossed in metallic silver.
Colgate & Co. 1/4-cent proprietary battleship revenue stamp still on its original sachet envelope.
Bank of the Republic.
Columbia Transportation Company. Beautiful bicolor stock certificate with paddlewheel steamer vignette and hammered embossed seal featuring a locomotive. This is the first document I've obtained from the Washington Territory.
Dickinson Trust Company. 4- and 5-cent battleship revenues on a real estate mortgage bond, with 2-cent battleship revenues on each of the bond coupons, but all canceled on the date of origination rather than when the bond coupons were redeemed.
Bryant Stratton & Co's Business Colleges. College membership certificate.
USPS. Illegal/improper use of a 2-cent battleship revenue stamp as postage on a cover sent from The Gillespie resort hotel in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
Isaac Nathans. Pawnbroker's ticket for a watch, with the stamp canceled by a stylized Star of David handstamp cancel. 'S.G.N.' stands for Samuel G. Nathans, presumably a relative or predecessor. Pawn tickets from the Civil War are exceptionally rare, with only a handful known.
Illegal/improper use of 1-cent Franklin as a revenue, underpaying the 2-cent check tax.
Illegal usage of 3-cent Washington as revenue on a bank check.
Tioga Rail Road Co. Very early illegal usage of a 1-cent Franklin postage stamp underpaying the 2-cent tax on a check from the Tioga Rail Road Co.
2-cent Department of Interior Official stamp used illegally as a revenue stamp on a promissory note. This is the first example of an official stamp used as revenue that I am aware of.
USPS. 2-cent with blue I.R. overprint used illegally as postage on a Spanish American War patriotic cover, with 2-cent Trans-Mississippi subsequently affixed to legitimately pay the postage.
Kidder, Peabody & Co. Bill of foreign exchange originating in England, with imprinted British revenue stamp, with vertical pair of 4-cent Battleship revenues upon redemption in the United States. Documents with both U.S. and non-U.S. revenue stamps are quite scarce.
Tong Soong & Co. Extremely unusual cancel, that at first glance just looks like a muddy indeterminate cancel. Running the image through analysis software reveals a cancel with Chinese characters in the center.
This promissory note, dated October 8, 1862, is an incredibly early usage, and is arguably the earliest known use of R64a... but there's a problem. The 60-cent Inland Exchange wasn't delivered until December of 1862, so it could not possibly have been affixed at the time this note was written.
At some point between when the note was written and the time of payoff (or at the time of payoff) in May of 1863, the lack of tax was noted, and the stamp affixed and backdated.
The tax rates had changed between the time the note was written and the time it was paid off. 60 cents was the correct rate in October of 1862, but the rate for the amount in this transaction had increased to 70 cents by May of 1863.
It's still a nice EMU.
S. C. Hansen. Incredibly unusual item; never seen another like it. CDV that served as a raffle ticket. It's not the lottery ticket tax, which expired in 1864. It falls within the taxable period of CDVs, but the initials in the cancel are not that of the photographer. Instead, it appears to match the name written on the ticket, which means it is presumably the person running the lottery or the purchaser of the ticket, paying the tax on the $1 purchase price of the ticket.
George K. Knapp & Co.
L. T. Sparhawk. Oval handstamp cancel with artistic 'Artist' in the center, as well as a bold backstamp on the CDV.
Carlisle Deposit Bank. R41b, R52c, R53b, and R64a on an 1864 promissory note. Scarce combination of imperf, part perf, and perforated 1st issue revenues all on the same document.
La Belle Smelting Works. Very delicate, translucent paper.
Mansfield Machine Works. Purchase order for a mower with warranty statement and attractive vignette.
George Washington Bank.
George Washington Bank.
Farmers and Mechanics Savings Bank. Roulettes are very scarce on document.
Notary Public. Promissory note from Addy, Hull & Co., manufacturer of pig iron, and attached protest for nonpayment. The protest document has an R112 with soubled perforations, which are genuine, as opposed to diagonal 'freak' perfs which are dealer concoctions.
C. B. Richard & Boas. Document printed and written entirely in German. The company had offices in both the U.S. and Germany.
Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne & Chicago Railway. Nominally illegal use of 5-cent Playing Cards on bill of lading from Tabers & Co., manufacturers of mowers and reapers, for transport of a mower and accessories on the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne & Chicago Railway.
El Paso Smelting Works. U.S. and Mexican revenue stamps both on a document from the Consolidated Kansas City Smelting and Refining Co. Combination usages with non-U.S. revenue stamps are quite scarce.
Bloom's Agency Office. Two horribly misperfed 1-cent Express revenues on an agency receipt.
Western Military Institute. Receipt for tuition and board for a cadet at Western Military Institute.
Texas promissory note for the installation of lightning rods.
First National Bank. $1 Foreign Exchange plus 3 20-cent Inland Exchange paying $1.60 tax on an 1868 promissory note.
Lawrence Manufacturing Co. R78c and R33c paying $1.60 tax on promissory note. Signed by Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, great-grandson of President Thomas Jefferson.
Jackson & Chace. Attractive check with ornate oval 'L.M. French, Carriage Maker' handstamp.
Central Railroad Co. of New Jersey.
John T. Hill.
First National Bank of Washington.
Somerville & Howe.
Frye, Phipps & Co. Importers & Wholesale Dealers in English & American Hardware. Great patriotic vignette.
Mechanics & Traders National Bank.
A. R. Warner. Insurance agent.
Early matching usage (EMU) paying 30 cents tax on a promissory note.
Second day of tax usage.
Office Chippewa Mine.
American Mutual Insurance Co.
Howe Ice Machine Co. Block of 10 plus 2 singles on a promissory note.
George Washington Banking Office.
Hagerstown Bank. 2-cent Proprietary part perforate, very scarce on document.
First National Bank of Wellesville. 10-cent Battleship revenue along with provisional overprint R155 on a promissory note.
The Craig Oil Company.
The Marietta National Bank. Draft from Conley, Hall & Co.
Hoffmann & Moser. Interesting 'NO PROTEST' note pinned to the draft. Manufacturer of paints, oils, varnishes, etc.
C. S. Herr & Co. Grain dealers.
The Manhattan Oil Company.
The Cleveland Grain Co.
City Elevator Co. Double tax paid on a draft.
Bradley Grain Co.
S. D. W.
Russia Cement Co.
C. O'H. Mileage check for October 1898 from Union Refrigerator Transit Co. drawn on the account of the Michigan Central Railroad.
The G. C. Co. Mileage check for October 1898 from the Office of the American Tank Line, charged to the account of the Michigan Central Railroad.
Jacob Dold Packing Co., Refrigerator Car Line. Great buffalo vignette.
The Cudahy Packing Co.
Bullion and Exchange Bank.
Not sure of the cancel attribution, perhaps Farmers & Mechanics Bank?
Agency of the Bank of California. 2-cent USIR along with a rouletted Nevada state revenue on an 1868 draft.
Major double transfer at bottom and left on an 1864 promissory note.
Dramatic double transfer at bottom on an 1864 certificate of deposit.
One of the more dramatic positions of the double transfer at bottom, on a promissory note.
Franklin Branch Bank. Early matching usage (EMU).
Harrison National Bank.
Ticknor & Fields. Publishers.
Banking House of Eavey, Lane & Co.
United Shoe Machinery Company. Shareholder proxy executed by the United Shoe Machinery Company for shares in the Krippendorf Kalkulator Company (great name!).
Northern Mileage Ticket Bureau.
Boston and Providence Railroad Corporation.
Chicago & West Michigan Railway Company.
Port Huron Savings Bank.
Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railway Co.
George W. Weber. Apothecary.
Omaha Packing Co.
J. H. Pearson & Co. Commission merchants.
Condit & Hanson. 'Acids, Dye Stuffs, &c.'
Chapin & Co. Shippers of millfeed.
Fairmount Coal & Coke Co.
T. J. Newell. Groceries & provisions, crockery & glassware.
M. L. Filley. Stove manufacturer.
Southern Pacific Company - Atlantic System.
Bousfield & Company. Manufacturer of wooden ware.
A. B. Donnally, clerk. Vertical strip of 5 paying 50 cents tax on a court summons. Double rows of perforations. These are the types of error perfs one would legitimately expect to see, rather than the manufactured diagonal 'freak' perfs one frequently sees.
Second day of tax usage.
Mt. Vernon Iron Works.
Payne & Holden. Wholesale booksellers.
The Paragon Refining Company.
Sea Coal Bay Mining Company.
The Consul of the United States. U.S. and Polish revenue stamps used on the same document.
American Consulate General. Invoice for shipment of tapioca flour.
W. Schall & Co. Two R16c on second of exchange sight draft to Frankfurt, in Guilders.
National Bank of New England. Set of 4 checks in different colors, all with illegal usages of proprietary stamps used as documentaries. What are the odds that the purple check would be signed by someone with the last name of Purple?
T.R. Tannatt, General Passenger Agent, Oregon Steamship Co.
William E. Buser. Furniture dealer.
Empire Mill and Mining Co. 2-cent USIR on check along with a Nevada state revenue stamp.
E. D. Brooks, M.D. Oculist and Aurist (eye and ear doctor).
H. O. Pratt & Barrett. Manufacturer of men's boots and shoes.