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Month: September 2019

Philatelic, But I Like Them Anyway!

Philatelic, But I Like Them Anyway!

A recent lot acquired for my revenue illegal usage collection. J.D. Van Volkenburgh of Hamilton, Missouri owned a “post office book store” that sold “Books, Stationery, Cigars and Tobacco, Newspapers, and Periodicals”. He was an early member of the American Philatelic Society. The lot consists of 7 checks, starting with a nice 2-cent battleship documentary with margin marking. The remaining 7 checks are all comprised of a wide variety of PROPRIETARY battleship revenue stamps, affixed illegally. Because most of the…

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Well, That’s One Way To Pay 50 Cents Tax…

Well, That’s One Way To Pay 50 Cents Tax…

I picked this up for my illegal/improper usage collection. You occasionally will run across 1st issue Playing Cards and Proprietary types (the two types that were still required to only be used for matching transactions following the legislation change of December 1862 that allowed cross-transaction type usage) used as documentaries, but it’s almost always just a single or perhaps a pair, not in large quantities on a single document. This 1871 indenture contains a block of ten R15c and ten…

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