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Month: April 2014

Another Neat Item for My Illegal/Improper Use Collection

Another Neat Item for My Illegal/Improper Use Collection

As with so many other things I come across, I really wish these were still on the original document, as context is everything. What makes this Scott #14 strip of 3 especially unusual is that they were used as revenues a full 6 years after being demonetized (no longer valid for postage). From Wikipedia: The second, more serious, demonetization was prompted by the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. Southern post offices held substantial U.S. assets in the…

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A Nice Mixed U.S.-French Usage

A Nice Mixed U.S.-French Usage

It’s too bad that this is only a piece and not the complete document. Very attractive handstamp cancel with a French revenue also used on this piece of a sight draft. I haven’t seen many examples of U.S.-foreign revenue usages form the Civil War era.

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