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Scott Number: 720 Collection Reference No. for Communications: 5677

Estimated Retail Value: $ 350.00 What is this?

Cancel Method: Manuscript

Cancel Date: July 02, 1934

Cancel or Company Type: Law firm or Federal, State, or Local Government Entity

Company: William J. Claus, Notary Public

City: San Mateo

State: California

Mid-20th century improper usages of postage stamps as revenues are increibly rare, much more so than 19th century examples. This is a 1934 quit-claim deed, with $4 of revenue stamps affixed and initialed by the original signer of the document. Then there is a pair of the 1932 3-cent Washington definitive (Scott #720) affixed by the notary public listed on the second page. Because the cancels on the 3-cent Washingtons match the initials of the notary rather than that of the original signer, presumably ths 6 cents was intended to pay the fee for notarizing the document (3 cents per signer). The Washington pair is a partial plate number imprint capture to boot! Interesting to note that it took a year before the deed was actually recorded.

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