1865 Revenue Experiment
civil War days the government
was aggravated by the cleaning and fraudulent re-use of revenue stamps,
and experiments were conducted regularly toward the production of
that would withstand efforts to recondition them again after a prior
I have recently seen an interesting item in this category.
the $15 blue, "Mortgage," of the first issue, of 1862, printed on a
heavy paper, -- fully perforated in the correct gauge, 12, and
The whole face of the stamp however was coated with a shellac and the
inscribed in pen and ink, "Cancelled B & C Nov. 23,
& C" of course were the initials of Butler and Carpenter,
Bank Note engravers who then held the contract with the government to
the revenue stamps. The stamp described was, apparently, just
trial effort to prevent the re-use of the stamps, but whatever they
aiming for in this instance was not adopted.
- George B. Sloane
July 11, 1953
Posted September 11, 1999
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