Carte de Visites (Civil War Photographs)

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Scott # 65

65

J. W. Miller. Illegal use of Scott #65 as revenue on CDV. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # 65

65

F. B. Gage. Illegal/improper use of postage stamp as revenue. Improper usages are fairly scarce on CDV.

Scott # 65

65

S. H. Myers. Illegal/improper use of postage stamp as revenue on a CDV. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # 73

73

L. Reynard. Illegal use of Scott #73 as revenue.

Scott # R1a

R1a

Young & Purcell. Scott listed but unpriced short transfer at bottom. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R1b

R1b

Vertical pair. Part perf multiples are quite scarce on CDVs.

Scott # R1c

R1c

S. F. Sterlin.

Scott # R1c

R1c

S. H. Myers. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R1c

R1c

Ornate 7-line boxed precancel from an as yet unidentified photographer. Note the several different typefaces used. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R1c

R1c

C. L. Obst. Unusual hand-carved crescent moon handstamp cancels. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R3c

R3c

Mark C. Terry. Partial margin imprint capture with a gorgeous stencil cancel.

Scott # R3c

R3c

N. H. Tuck. The manuscript cancels are pretty mundane. Of greater interest is the stencil backstamp. I do not know if it was ever used as a stamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R3c

R3c

Jesse Groom. Very ornate frame for the stamp. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R3c

R3c

J. N. Webster. Choice strikes of this 3-line cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R3c

R3c

Scott # R3c

R3c

Groom's CDV and Photograph Gallery. Great ornate backstamp.

Scott # R5a

R5a

George Ross. 2-cent Bank Check imperforate and 1-cent Proprietary perforated, on a CDV. Imperf usages on CDVs are very unusual, as the 2-year window that photographs were taxed was long after most imperforates were used up. However, California is one place that legitimate late usages of imperfs are frequently encountered.

Scott # R5c

R5c

B. F. Chidester. Very nice backstamp.

Scott # R5c

R5c

Bisected top half, along with a full stamp, paying 3 cents tax. Unlisted in Scott.

Scott # R6c

R6c

G. B. Dana.

Scott # R6c

R6c

L. P. Case.

Scott # R6c

R6c

Z. P. McMillen. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R6c

R6c

H. Cushing.

Scott # R6c

R6c

T. C. Haynes. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R6c

R6c

R. E. Merrifield. A very scarce and unusual CDV, in that it shows both stencil cancel designs used by R.E. Merrifield, one as a cancel on the stamp, and the other as a back mark on the photograph. This larger, more ornate design was also used to cancel stamps. See this stamp for an example. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R6c

R6c

S. G. Sheaffer & Co.. Double-rim oval handstamp cancel.

Scott # R6c

R6c

A. Sonrel. Neat signature backstamp. Note the inverted year slug in the handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R6c

R6c

I. G. Owen. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R6c

R6c

T. J. Luccock. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R6c

R6c

T. R. Gettys. Two-line block letter typeset cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R6c

R6c

F. Mowrey. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R6c

R6c

Cary's Gallery. They are tough to make out unless you zoom in, but each stamp is cancelled by a tiny little 'CARY' single line handstamp, one of the smallest cancels on record.

Scott # R6c

R6c

M. L. Bruster.

Scott # R6c

R6c

Thomas Shaw. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R6c

R6c

S. S. Johnston.

Scott # R6c

R6c

Tyler. Very scarce ornate handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R6c

R6c

Knowles & Hillman.

Scott # R6c

R6c

Slee Brothers.

Scott # R6c

R6c

E. A. Scholfield.

Scott # R6c

R6c

William Nims. Clearly an error in the date slug of the cancel, as the tax on photographs was only in effect from 1864 to 1866.

Scott # R6c

R6c

Joseph Wright. Very unusual. Cancel is a discarded post office handstamp, apparently handed down by the postmaster to the photographer. Wright's photography studio was located next door to the post office. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R6c

R6c

Green & Epleys Fine Art Gallery.

Scott # R6e

R6e

Z. P. McMillen. Currently the only reported example of R6e on a photograph. Exceptional color and centering! Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R6f

R6f

C. L. Obst. Bisected top half adjoined to a full stamp paying a 3-cent tax. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R9b

R9b

Husher & Geiger's Photograph Rooms. Part perfs are quite scarce on CDV.

Scott # R9c

R9c

J. S. Bibbins.

Scott # R9c

R9c

L. T. Sparhawk.

Scott # R10c

R10c

Seibird & Brothers. Nice mixed usage.

Scott # R10c

R10c

Kellogg Brothers.

Scott # R10c

R10c

Mark C. Terry. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R10c

R10c

William Johnston. Ornate shield handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R10c

R10c

Dolph Brothers.

Scott # R10c

R10c

Even & Clow.

Scott # R11b

R11b

J. C. Mills.

Scott # R11b

R11b

Stein Brothers.

Scott # R11b

R11b

J. C. Mills. Beautiful example of a part perf on CDV. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R11b

R11b

R. H. Child. Part perfs are very scarce on CDVs.

Scott # R11c

R11c

Seibird & Brothers. Nice mixed usage.

Scott # R11c

R11c

S. F. Sterlin.

Scott # R11c

R11c

F. B. Clench. Ex-Baryla.

cancel

Scott # R11c

R11c

Doane. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R11c

R11c

E. M. Collins.

Scott # R11c

R11c

D. W. Boss. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R11c

R11c

A. J. Pierce. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R11c

R11c

C. S. Sanderson.

Scott # R11c

R11c

W. H. Rhoads. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R11c

R11c

H. C. Van Syckel.

Scott # R11c

R11c

Gill's City Gallery. Bold photographer precancel.

Scott # R13b

R13b

J. Good. Partial margin imprint at bottom.

Scott # R13b

R13b

S. H. Waite.

Scott # R13c

R13c

D. O. Furnald.

Scott # R13c

R13c

H. Lazier. Major double transfer (T13).

Scott # R13c

R13c

S. Sykes. Neat handstamp cancel of a circle with a star contwined within.

Scott # R13c

R13c

J. D. Powers. Very unusual cut stencil cancel.

Scott # R13c

R13c

Imlay. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R13c

R13c

One-of-a-kind pair on back of a tintype. The top stamp is the Scott-listed T13a double transfer. Of greater interest, however, is the second stamp in the pair, the position directly below the T13a, which shows similar doubling, but not as strong. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R13c

R13c

P. A. Stout. Elaborate stencil that served double duty as a backstamp and as stamp cancel. See this stamp for an example of the same stencil used to cancel a stamp. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R13c

R13c

T. M. V. Doughty. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R13c

R13c

Abraham Bogardus. 5-line handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R13c

R13c

Saylor's New Photograph Gallery. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R13c

R13c

George E. Gibbs. Six-line handstamp used as both a precancel and backstamp. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R13c

R13c

George N. Cobb. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R13c

R13c

J. S. Kelly. Fairly scarce photographer and cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R13c

R13c

J. C. Spooner's Picture Palace.

Scott # R13c

R13c

Howard & Co..

Scott # R13c

R13c

Thomas Cummings.

Scott # R13c

R13c

Frederick. Very unusual, as the full stamp is placed over a partial stamp underneath. It is possible this was an attempt to pay a 3-cent tax with a bisected stamp, or simply the other portion of the stamp underneath was lost and a complete stamp was placed over top.

Scott # R13c

R13c

Bush's Photographic Gallery. Guideline at right of stamp. CDV with very ornate backstamp.

Scott # R13c

R13c

Good & Stokes. Wonderful stylized monogram cancel, incorporating both initials of (G)ood & (S)tokes. Flip it one way and you see the G. Flip it the opposite way and you see the S.

Scott # R13c

R13c

Huge jumbo example of R13c on a CDV from an unknown photographer.

Scott # R13c

R13c

S. F. Sterlin. Interesting Civil War satirical patriotic piece ridiculing the Confederacy that shows Jefferson Davis in a dress. The caption reads 'Brutal attack on helpless women by the U.S. government'. The dialogue has a woman saying 'You had better not provoke the president, he might hurt some of you' and a Union soldier replying 'Yer dont say'.

Scott # R13c

R13c

C. D. Fredricks & Co.. Photo is of Charles W. Nestel, known as 'Commodore Foote,' the smallest man in the world, and his sister, Miss Eliza S. Nestel, known as the 'Fairy Queen' of the West, the smallest lady in the world.

Scott # R14c

R14c

A generic photographer precancel on a stereoview.

Scott # R14c

R14c

Partridge. Re-entry marks above the design.

Scott # R14c

R14c

Partridge. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R14c

R14c

E. M. Douglass.

Scott # R14c

R14c

Whitney & Beckwith.

Courtesy of Bruce Baryla This 'Skull and Bones' handstamp was known to collectors of fancy handstamps by its appearance as a 'sender's mark' on covers mailed in 1857 by the 'Society of Twenty-Two,' a Yale University based fraternal group associated with the famous Skull and Bones Society.

This same handstamp was used years later as a stamp canceling device. As it turns out, the secretary of the 'Society of Twenty-Two' in 1857 was Robert A. Beckwith. He became a photographer and co-owner of the Whitney & Beckwith studio and he repurposed the handstamp from his college days to cancel revenue stamps.

See this blog entry for other examples with different portions of the cancel.

Scott # R14c

R14c

Whitney & Beckwith.

Courtesy of Bruce Baryla — This 'Skull and Bones' handstamp was known to collectors of fancy handstamps by its appearance as a 'sender's mark' on covers mailed in 1857 by the 'Society of Twenty-Two,' a Yale University based fraternal group associated with the famous Skull and Bones Society.

This same handstamp was used years later as a stamp canceling device. As it turns out, the secretary of the 'Society of Twenty-Two' in 1857 was Robert A. Beckwith. He became a photographer and co-owner of the Whitney & Beckwith studio — and he repurposed the handstamp from his college days to cancel revenue stamps.

See this blog entry for other examples with different portions of the cancel.

Scott # R14c

R14c

J. A. Clayton. Horizontal pair on CDV. There are only a handful of R14c multiples known. California CDVs are also quite scarce.

Scott # R15c

R15c

Dowe & Co..

Scott # R15c

R15c

G. B. Spencer.

Scott # R15c

R15c

W. H. Jacoby.

Scott # R15c

R15c

Welcome S. Nott. Wonderful stencil cancel in brown ink, which is quite scarce. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

W. L. Nichols.

Scott # R15c

R15c

S. R. Miller. Interesting handstamp cancel where the 'S' was carved in backwards. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R15c

R15c

H. H. Coles. A tiny, diminuitive handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

J. Smith, Sr.. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

Francis West. Very unusual post mortem photo. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R15c

R15c

R. E. Merrifield. One of two different stencil cancels used by this photographer. The other one is more ornate, with a wavy design. It can be seen here. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R15c

R15c

C. Becker. The only reported pictorial cancel depicting a studio camera. No complete example of the shield cancel has been reported. Other portions of the cancel can be seen on this CDV. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R15c

R15c

C. Becker. Portions of the only reported pictorial cancel depicting a studio camera. No complete example of the shield cancel has been reported. Other portions of the cancel can be seen on this CDV. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R15c

R15c

E. T. Stearns. Interesting how the cancel does not exactly match the backstamp of the CDV. The business may have been in transition. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

T. J. Trapp. Intersting use of a handstamp cancel as a backstamp. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

Farnham & Hull. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

J. B. Jenks. Handstamp cancel also used as a backstamp. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

J. W. Hale. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

London Stereoscopic and Photographic Co.. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

T. R. Gettys. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

H. H. Parkhill. Unusual cancel. The crudeness of the typeface implies a hand carved cancel.

Scott # R15c

R15c

L. Moulton. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

Harper & Brothers. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R15c

R15c

Ferris' Excelsior Gallery. 4-line handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R15c

R15c

V. Buel. Cruciform handstamp cancel from the same photographer that used this one. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R15c

R15c

V. Buel. Cruciform handstamp cancel from the same photographer that used this one. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R15c

R15c

G. K. Warren.

Scott # R15e

R15e

J. Thurlow. 2006 APEX and 2017 William T. Crowe certificates. The only reported example of R15e on a CDV. Also the finest centered example I have been able to find in my R15e census research. Exquisite piece!

Scott # R16c

R16c

A. F. Morse. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R16c

R16c

Dr. H. Baker. Very unusual. The backstamp of the CDV reads 'Dr. H. Baker' yet the single-line handstamp cancel appears to read 'M. E. Parker'. Any ideas? Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R17c

R17c

D. O. Furnald. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R17c

R17c

A. W. Kimball.

Scott # R17c

R17c

E. Decker.

Scott # R17c

R17c

J. A. Keenan. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R17c

R17c

Brown, Williams & Co..

Scott # R17c

R17c

J. Trott.

Scott # R17c

R17c

Hurd.

Scott # R17c

R17c

L. W. Cook.

Scott # R17c

R17c

F. & M. Merwin.

Scott # R18b

R18b

Sewell's Art Gallery. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R18c

R18c

A.K. Josselyn. Gallop's Island is an island in the Boston Harbor, now uninhabited. During the Civil War it was the home of a military training and mustering out camp housing 3,000 Union soldiers.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Wenderoth & Taylor.

Scott # R18c

R18c

S. F. Sterlin.

Scott # R18c

R18c

London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co.. Attractive use on a Swiss Stereoview.

Scott # R18c

R18c

William H. Ruggles. Wonderful cancel created from printer's type in both straight lines and arcs. In addition to being a photographer, he was also a 'Dealer in Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Perfumery and Fancy Articles. Watches, Clocks and Jewelry repaired.' Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R18c

R18c

S. McCrary. Scarce stencil cancel rarely found on CDV, one of three known California photographers that used stencil cancels. S. McCrary was located in a fraternal organization meeting room called the 'Odd Fellows Hall'. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R18c

R18c

L. J. Stinson. Scarce stencil cancel rarely found on CDV, one of three known California photographers that used stencil cancels. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R18c

R18c

W. M. Knight.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Oliver H. Willard.

Scott # R18c

R18c

J. Q. A. Tresize. Very scarce single-line handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Jex Bardwell. Diminuitive circular handstamp. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R18c

R18c

T. J. Merritt. I'm not sure which of the 3 listed business entities was responsible for this item, so I went with the first one on the list. Once could also posit that cancels for the second and third would have incorporated '& Co.' into the cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Frank Rowell. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R18c

R18c

J. S. Weider. Bold rimless circle cancel; very unusual. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Fuller. Very sharply struck oval handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Fisher Brothers. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Walter & Heuck. Very scarce diminuitive 2-line handstamp cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Doughty Brothers.

Scott # R18c

R18c

F.A.G. (??). 3-line handstamp cancel from an unidentified photographer.

Scott # R18c

R18c

J. Taylor.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Whitney & Beckwith.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Davis Brothers.

Scott # R18c

R18c

J. P. Soule. Nice handstamp cancel on a stereoview.

Scott # R18c

R18c

C. S. Sanderson.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Carpenter & Mullen.

Scott # R18c

R18c

Ferdinand W. Wagner. Colorful hand-tinted stereview. Ferdinand W. Wagner was a retailer of photographs rather than a photographer, hence the revenue stamp on a French stereoview.

Scott # R18c

R18c

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.

Scott # R19b

R19b

Getchell & Brownell. Part perfs are quite scarce on CDVs. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R19c

R19c

George K. Knapp & Co.. Ornate handstamp with scalloped edges used both as a cancel and as a CDV back mark. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R19c

R19c

J. S. Bibbins. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R22c

R22c

Elias A. Bonine. Amazing piece. This is a legitimate bisected R21c or R22c, unlisted in Scott. Photographer was known for signing his name as a play on words, using 'Bo9' rather than 'Bonine', the latter portion of which is clearly apparent on the bisect.

Scott # R24c

R24c

P. L. Perkins. Inverted day and month in cancel. Ex-Baryla.

Scott # R28c

R28c

Scott # R29c

R29c

W. N. Hobbs. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit. An oversized memorial portrait of a slain soldier, Benjamin F. Marshal, 1st. Co. New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, killed Sep. 14, 1864. Five examples of R29c on the reverse. Large-sized CDVs depricting soldiers are very rare.

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