Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tax Stamps

According to the rdhinstl.com website, "Taxpaids" is the catch-all title for United States Federal revenues that, for the most part, are denominated in units (one pint, 3/5 barrel, 10 cigarettes) rather than money. They are not listed in the Scott Specialized Catalog at present, although Scott appears to be adding some of the categories each year. Many of them are listed in the catalogs put out by the late Sherwood Springer."

The site goes on to say many different items fall into this category and that stamps were first used to show payment of taxes on manufactured tobacco in 1868. Some of the oddest taxpaid revenues are associated with cotton.

Various tax stamps were produced during the 1870's, 80's and 90's, and on into the 1900's. Shown here is one of the John Quincy Adams type that begun in 1940 and continued through 1955, with several values being used into 1958.

For more on tax stamps, click here.

Happy April 15th everyone!
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM