Tag: history

The Third Federal Issue

The Third Federal Issue of embossed revenue stamps were created to fund the War of 1812.  The stamps were authorized by the Act of August 2, 1813, effective January 1, 1814.  Pursuant to the Act of December 23, 1817, the taxes expired on December 31, 1817.  Unlike the First and Second Federal Issue embossed revenues, which were applied to many types of …

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The Second Federal Issue

The Second Federal Issue was placed in use on March 1, 1801, and was in use through June 30, 1802.  The tax rates during this period were the same as for the First Federal Issue; however, the distribution procedures changed.  The Act of April 6, 1802 repealed the taxes paid by the embossed revenue stamps, …

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The First Federal Issue

The First Federal Issue of embossed revenue stamped paper was authorized by the Act of July 6, 1797.  Pursuant to the Act of December 15, 1797, the effective date of tax was postponed from December 31, 1799 to July 1, 1798.  The First Federal Issue embossed revenues were replaced by the Second Federal Issue on …

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Virginia State Embossed Revenue Stamped Paper

Pursuant to the Act of February 20, 1813, and the Act of December 21, 1814, Virginia issued embossed revenue stamped paper.  The taxes authorized by the 1813 Act were in effect May 1, 1813 through April 30, 1815.  The taxes authorized by the 1814 Act were in effect May 1, 1815 through February 27, 1816.  …

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Embossed Supervisors’ And Customs House Seals

The supervisors’ and customs house seals indicate the payment of revenues but are not technically “revenue stamps” because they do not state a value.  However, as they are generally collected as embossed revenue stamps, they are included here. Pursuant to the Act of March 3, 1791, these seals were in use from July 1, 1791 …

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Early Cross Border Mail

(Mail to 1817) Prior to the Revolutionary War, all of the colonial postal systems were under British Administration.  There were no scheduled mail routes between the Maritime Provinces and what is now the United States.  Postal relations between the Maritime Provinces and the United States were severed during the Revolutionary War.  Beginning in 1788, the monthly Falmouth admiralty packet, made port calls in Halifax and New …

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