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Illegal Usage - Revenues Used as Postage

An interesting subsection of on-document examples is that of the illegal use of revenue stamps as postage.

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Scott # R9a

R9a 1989 Philatelic Foundation certificate. 2-cent Express imperf pair used illegally as postage on cover, and then a 3-cent Washington (Scott #65) pasted over as actual postage. Green paid 3 handstamp cancel.
 

Scott # R15c

R15c Attempted illegal use of 2-cent USIR revenue stamp as postage on cover. Long out of period for the stamp, but some great markings on the cover, including two different 'HELD FOR POSTAGE' handstamps, including an interesting semicircular handstamp at top, and an 'UNCLAIMED' handstamp at bottom.
 

Scott # R18c

R18c Illegal postal usage.
 

Scott # R40c

R40c R40c along with an R15c and R18c used illegally as postage, as well as a 2c Andrew Jackson on cover back, presumably to France (based on the smaller handstamp cancel right of center). Ex-Metzger.
 

Scott # R109

R109 Likely a fabrication. Illegal use of revenue as postage on a flight cover.
 

Scott # R154

R154 Very attractive illegal usage of revenue stamps as postage, but in all likelihood a philatelic creation, as there is also 2 cents of valid postage in addition to the revenue stamps. There is a small possibility that it was a double-weight cover, thus requiring 4 cents postage, but that is very unlikely, given the aesthetic presentation of the two revenue stamps flanking the postage stamp. Still, an attractive cover.
 

Scott # R155

R155 Gorgeous illegal/improper usage of revenue as postage on an photographer all-over advertising cover, 2nd day of tax, July 2, 1898. Identical date and time as this cover; presumably a mass marketing mailing drop.
 
R155 Overprinted issue used improperly as postage, caught and held for postage, and then a postage affixed to pay postage.
 
R155 Lovely illegal/improper usage of revenue as postage on a photographer all-over advertising cover. Identical date and time as this cover; presumably a mass marketing mailing drop.
 

Scott # R155A

R155A Illegal use of revenue as postage on a Spanish-American War patriotic cover.
 

Scott # R163

R163 Wonderful unusual illegal usage of 1-cent documentary battleship revenue stamp on a leather postcard.
 
R163 Wonderful use of a 1-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp on a Spanish-American War patriotic cover sent to Germany via steamship S.S. Augusta Victoria. Not really an illegal use as postage, as I believe the correct rate was 10-cents, so the revenue was presumably used as a patriotic label/cinderella.
 
R163 Out-of-period attempted illegal use of two 1-cent battleship documentary revenue stamps as postage. Cought and 'Held for Postage' with the postage paid and affixed 4 days later. Then stamped 'THIS IS THE MAIL FOR WHICH YOU SENT POSTAGE'.
 

Scott # R164

R164 Attempted illegal use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage. Caught and then postage affixed.
 
R164 Illegal use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage on a interesting advertising cover. Unsure as to the exact spelling of the candy manufacturer.
 
R164 Lovely improper/illegal use of a 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage on an advertising cover with a great strike of an 1899 National Export Exposition cancel.
 
R164 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp used illegally as postage on cover.
 
R164 Attempted illegal use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage. Lovely 'Back Bay Station' flag cancel.
 
R164 2-cent battleship documentary used improperly as postage on cover, folded over prior to cancel.
 
R164 Improper use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage on cover with a nice flag cancel.
 
R164 Illegal/improper use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage on an attractive advertising cover from H. C. Collier & Sons, purveyor of Columbian spirits, wood alcohol, shellacs, varnishes, gums, heavy chemicals, etc.
 
R164 Attempted illegal/improper use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp on postage on an ornate pre-addressed advertising envelope. Letter was initially canceled on August 5, but conceivably held, and then 5 days later postage was affixed and the letter sent on its way.
 
R164 Attempted illegal/improper use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage on a cover from Niagara Falls, with a precanceled postage due stamp affixed.
 
R164 Illegal/improper use of a battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage on a Texas advertising cover.
 
R164 Cover front with a 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp used illegally as postage. Interesting albino second impression of the cancel.
 
R164 Illegal use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage.
 
R164 Illegal use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage. Barr-Fyke machine cancel as well as a Rockford receiving machine cancel.
 

Scott # R164p

R164p Illegal usage of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage.
 
R164p Illegal/improper use of 2-cent battleship documentary revenue stamp as postage on an advertising cover from the 'La Fayette Loan and Trust Co.', with a nice flag cancel.
 

Scott # R165

R165 3-cent documentary battleship revenue stmp used illegally as postage on cover.
 

Scott # R167

R167 Two 5-cent Trans-Mississippi and 5-cent documentary battleship illegally used as postage on cover front to England. Attempted payment of 15-cent UPU rate. Philadelphia blue circles around revenue stamp and T/25 (5 cents) Liverpool transit, London Foreign Branch markings.
 

Scott # R196

R196 Illegal use of a revenue, not as postage, but rather as a postage due stamp. The 1-cent Franklin was cancelled on September 8, 1927. You can see the penciled 'Due' notation peeking out from underneath the revenue stamp. Then the additional stamp was affixed and cancelled one day later. The rate for post cards was 1 cent up until April 15, 1925, 2 cents from then until June 30, 1928, at which point it reverted to 1 cent until 1952. It is speculated that this stamp was inadvertantly used due to its similar appearance to the 1-cent postage due stamp.
 
R196 Pair used illegally as postage on cover.
 
R196 Attemped illegal use of two 1-cent documentaries as postage on a 1916 cover from Sutter Creek, CA. Caught and held for postage, then sent along on March 16. Typed message 'This is the letter you sent postage for,' along left side of envelope.
 

Scott # R197

R197 Illegal/improper use of revenue stamp as postage on cover. Addressed to Charles Evans Hughes, ex-Supreme Court Justice, staying at the Hotel Astor in New York City. Hughes had given up his seat on the Supreme Court earlier in the year to run for President of the United States. He would eventually be narrowly defeated by Woodrow Wilson.
 

Scott # R211

R211 Illegal use of revenue as postage on cover, but amazingly on a paquebot cover, from the S.S. Arabic, canceled in Cherbourg-Octeville, Manche, in Normandy, France.
 

Scott # R228

R228 Illegal usage of revenue as postage.
 
R228 While I have several examples of revenues used illegally as postage on covers, this is the first example I've found where the revenues were used illegally as postage due stamps.
 

Scott # R229

R229 Improper/illegal usage of 2-cent documentary as postage on cover.
 
R229 Illegal use of revenue as postage on cover.
 
R229 Illegal use of revenue as postage. Two postage due stamps with Urtica precancels and a large magenta receiving handstamp from the Dairymen's League Cooperative Association, Inc.
 

Scott # R654

R654 1-cent Documentary used illegally as postage as a rate makeup stamp shortly after the postcard rate changed from 4 cents to 5 cents. Modern illegal usages are very scarce. A great nonphilatelic commercial usage.
 

Scott # RB21

RB21 Illegal/improper usage of 1/4 cent battleship proprietary revenue stamp as postage.
 

Scott # RB24

RB24 1-cent battleship proprietary revenue stamp used illegally as postage.
 

Scott # RB24p

RB24p Two 1-cent pbattleship proprietary revenue stamps used illegally as postage with flag cancel. Proprietary battleships are more scarce used as postage than documentary battleships.
 

Scott # RB27

RB27 Illegal use of 2-cent battleship proprietary revenue stamp as postage, with a great flag cancel. The proprietary battleships are considerably more scarce used as postage than the documentary battleships. Note that the revenue stamp had previously been canceled and used in November of 1898.
 

Scott # RO135

RO135 Very unusual. F.P. Newton match stamp used illegally as postage, along with 3 Andrew Jackson postage issues, on piece. It's a shame it is only a piece rather than the entire cover.
 

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