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Posted 10/22/2008   9:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add mkfarm to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a few of these RED IR cancellations. They look very nice but I'm not sure what it means. Does anyone have any information about them?

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Posted 10/22/2008   10:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mkfarm, these I.R.'s are not cancellations but overprints.
They were applied to regular postage issues in 1898 to
convert them into revenue stamps.
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Edited by modern_who - 10/22/2008 10:34 pm
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Posted 10/22/2008   10:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add laswabbie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
they are overprints, but what does the IR stand for. Certainly not Internal Revenue . . . . ?
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Posted 10/22/2008   10:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It certainly does. Though we could probably make up some other meanings.
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Posted 10/22/2008   10:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gussyboy1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
MKFARM! Awesome cancel ! That is definately RED!
I thought it stood for Internal Revenue also.
Thanks for posting!
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Posted 10/22/2008   11:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nr-notrare to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gussy....

It's not a cancel.....it's an overprint.....Internal Revenue
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Posted 10/22/2008   11:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add laswabbie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
OK, I'll ask. How were they used by the Infernal Revanoers? Did some poor slob have to buy them to afix to a document related to taxes?
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Posted 10/22/2008   11:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mkfarm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hey good job it is an over print. Thanks for putting me in the right track.
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Posted 10/23/2008   2:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sfgoda to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice revenue conversion stamp.
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Posted 10/23/2008   7:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mkfarm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah it was bugging the heck out of me. So after spending some time trying to figure it out I thought I would ask the best reference book that I know. This forum.
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Posted 10/27/2008   8:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mkfarm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ok I have tracked this stamp down. It is a R154 and can be found in the Scott US Specialized Catalog.

It is an overprinted Revenue stamp. It can either be overprinted in RED or BLUE.
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Posted 10/27/2008   9:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Tax Act of 1898 was passed to finance the Spanish-American War.
The new documentary taxes were similiar to those enacted to pay for the Civil War in the 1860s.
For example, every bank check required a 2c stamp.

There was not enough time to print the necessary tax stamps before the taxes went into effect,
so provisional overprints were applied to postage stamps. These overprints are listed as Scott #R153-R160.

Cancellations on revenues are typically manuscript cancels (or rubberstamps) with the date and initials of a company.
Therefore these two used stamps have both an overprint and a cancel.



Here is an example of a 2c IR overprint with a manuscript cancel,
properly used in 1898 to pay the tax on a bank check (from a recent listing on eBay).
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Posted 10/27/2008   10:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The cancel on my 2c stamp, "C. & N.W. RY CO." is from the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company.
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Posted 12/20/2008   5:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Recently I acquired this engraved check from Mark Twain's boyhood home of Hannibal, Missouri.
The requisite bank check tax was paid with two of the 1c I. R. overprint stamps.



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Posted 12/20/2008   5:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rlorenz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
T360
Very nice piece of history there!
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Posted 12/20/2008   7:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting indeed!
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