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Revenue Acquisitions From Last Weekend's Show

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Posted 04/16/2015   8:59 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add revenuecollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here are my revenue pickups from this past weekend's show.

Let's start off with the stamps... just a few of them.

First a nice jumbo example of R5c. Not bad for 20 cents.




Next, an RB2a double transfer, but a different one from the one I found a year or so ago.



Here are the diagnostics from the first one and then the new one.






I have read references to stitch watermarks on 1st issue revenues, but had never seen one in person that was convincing. I've looked at a few examples purported to be stitch watermarks, but they were always iffy, as in "if you squint real hard and look at this one section under the right light..." Scott does not make any mention of them. This R82c has about the boldest stitch watermark one could hope for, going right through the center of the stamp.

First an image of the front and back of the stamp, and then as processed by http://www.retroreveal.org to highlight the watermark.






Now on to the documents!

A pair of quit claim deeds dated the same day. Apparently the clerk who handled these liked to overlap the revenue stamps so everything would fit neatly.






A nice framed ship vignette.




Premium receipt from the Phoenix Insurance Co. with attractive vignette.




Masonic document.




Railroad bill of lading.




Two steamship bills of lading, both smaller shipping lines. The second has a great company oval cancel on a misperfed battleship, and a different second 'O.D.S.S. Co.' handstamp at center.






Two billheads with attractive vignettes.






Fairly scarce railroad stock certificate, per Cox.




Stock certificate from the American Coal Co. I have several examples of this handstamp cancel and wanted to obtain a document that verifies the attribution.




Samuel N. Pike was a builder of opera houses. You can see an opera house vignette at upper left. By my calculations the tax was underpaid by 3 cents.




Gorgeous check from the Neptune Twine Mills. I initially thought it was a two-color vignette, which would have been very unusual. The cost to print two-color small documents like this was rarely ever incurred. Upon closer examination, it appears to have been hand tinted. Striking effect regardless.






Two pieces of mining scrip from different mining companies, both payable payable to 'Sam W. Hill Agt'. Samuel 'Sam' Hill was a member of the State House of Representatives, surveyor, associated with Douglas Houghton in surveying the Upper Peninsula and he managed the interests of many mining companies. Hill achieved legendary status for his colorful use of profanity which coined the expression 'What in Sam Hill?'






Patent assignment letter for L. S. Reynold's Universal Portable Friction Bolt (for use in flour mills). I'm not sure which transaction/document type this was taxed as.




Certificate of indemnity from the Cleveland Lightning Rod Comapny with a very large vignette. Very unusual industry. Since this was essentially an insurance policy, how common was it for a non-insurance company to be writing an insurance policy?




And last, but certainly not least, a document that I passed over for several years, but I always regretted passing it by, so this time I picked it up.



As attractive as as the document is aesthetically, I initially thought that the revenue stamp usage was bogus, as the express tax was rescinded in March of 1863. Mike Mahler schooled me on it though, saying that he believes it to be legit:

The express tax was in effect from October 1, 1862 to March 3, 1863. However, on August 1, 1864 a receipt tax was enacted, again requiring express delivery receipts to be taxed. The express companies lobbied heavily against the tax and on April 1, 1865 express companies became exempt from the tax.

That means express receipts showing stamped payment of a tax occured during a total of 13 months over the course of the Civil War. Non-stamped examples far outnumber stamped examples.

This document is doubly interesting in that it is the only example I have ever seen either in person or in pictures exhibiting the blue overprint which reads as follows:

It is further agreed, that said Harnden Express shall not, in any event, be liable for any loss, damage or detention caused by Civil or Military authority, or by rebellion, insurrection or riot.'

Presumably the company was taking excessive losses due to the Civil War, so they added this overprint to late print runs.

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Posted 04/16/2015   11:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stitch watermarks were very popular in the 20's and 30's, but lost favor after that. Today no one pays any attention to them, so finding one is basically just luck.
Overlapping stamps was actually against the tax laws, but people did do so at times. Obviously one could overlap a used stamp in such a way as to cover the cancel, and I am sure people did so.
DT's on RB2's are not all that easy to find although there are several different positions. There were so many issued that one can look at huge numbers without ever finding one.
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Stitch watermarks occur on a great many stamp issues. Scott does mention stitch watermarks.

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But just in passing as part of the "Paper" section in the glossary at the front of the catalog. Nothing else. No context.

I realize they are a by-product of the manufacture, but certain other similar by-products have collectibility (coil paste-up pairs, line pairs, line blocks, etc.).

Same thing with 1st issue revenues supposedly on laid paper.
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I was specifically talking about stitch watermarks on revenues. Coil paste-up pairs, line pairs, line blocks, etc. are essential to production, stitch watermarks are just a fluke of location. It's nice to find one, but it really is just luck. One could watermark millions of stamps and never see one.
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I must be a "no one", because I do pay attention to stitch watermarks. But of course I'm old, and do perhaps what is old and out of fashion, like rereading my Scott Catalog and my other reference books over and over. Especially the forward section of the Scott Catalog. At least two or three times a year I read the "Basic Stamp Information" etc. and etc.!

What good is my reference books if I do not keep reading them?

If I just put my reference books in the book case, but never read them, I might as well just throw them away, in order to get the information contained in them, I must reread them!

To me the chase is sometimes more important than the capture!

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I don't know enough to comment on stitch watermarks, but I love the documents -- especially the hand-tinted Neptune Twine Mills check and the Harnden Express receipt.
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Nice documents!
I am wondering how you or anyone else store their documents if you buy them folded. I try to unfold my FLS when I find them. I keep them in Avery heavyweight sheet proyectors I find at Staples.
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All the info I wrote came out of reference works too. Some that are vastly superior to the Scott catalog where revenues are concerned. I love the chase too, but unless you are watermarking every stamp you see at a dealer table you have very little chance to find many.
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Revcollector, I agree, there are a few reference works out there superior to the Scott catalog where revenues are concerned. I make it a point to keep a reference book by my easy chair, and reread it in the early morning.

You have some very nice material, I also like vinman want to know how you go about storing large revenue document/instruments. I buy special picture frames and display them on my walls in my stamp room. Trouble is my walls are full and not in any organized way.

Enjoy the chase, it's fun!

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Very nice revenues!



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I buy special picture frames and display them on my walls in my stamp room.


What kind of special frames,could you post some pics?
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Ciletaliph

About once a year, I travel over to Las Vegas, there's a frame shop there that does special requests. Includes special matting that protects paper somehow.

I have no idea on how to take a picture. I can and do use the scanner a lot, but the picture frames are bigger than my scanner.

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I use acid free backing and glass that protects from sunlight for a few items I had mounted but they were not stamps. I have a professional do the frameing and mounting for me, it's beyond my expertise. I don't think I will ever mount and hang my stamp collection though. I think stampmaster is talking about this type of frame, they look like any other frame but offers more protection.

I still woild like to hear how others handle their larger items and FLS for storage.

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Vinman, I looked at the instruction sheet, its like yours acid free backing and the glass protects from sunlight. But my stamp room does not have any windows.

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From a post I made several years ago on another forum:


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This is probably only beneficial for folks in the U.S., although they DO ship internationally, but I figure it can't hurt to post here anyway. These appear to have high reviews.

If you're looking for robust archival-quality storage binders for oversized covers, sheets, documents, multiples, etc. Dick Blick (yes that's a real name) has oversized presentation books on clearance right now:

http://www.dickblick.com/products/b...ation-books/

International shipping page:

http://www.dickblick.com/customerse...ternational/

Discounted prices run from US$5 to US$12 each with sizes up to 19in x 13in.

"These are smart and practical presentation books at a value price, ideal for artists and photographers. Offered in a variety of sizes, they're 100% pH-neutral, acid-free, and archival-safe " and they lay completely flat when open for easy viewing.

Ideal for basic presentations and storage, Blick presentation books feature a heavy-duty basic black cover and 24 crystal-clear, top-loading pages with removable black inserts."








The one downside is that the pages are fixed, so if you label pages, you cannot then insert/remove items. It's also a pain to re-order documents.

For items legal-sized (8.5 x 14 in.) or smaller, I have shifted to using a system that Eric Jackson showed me a few years ago. It's how he stores his document inventory for taking to shows.

8.5 x 11 archival quality polypropylene sheet protectors:

http://www.officesupplyinc.com/shee...-p-6203.html




Binders:

http://www.officesupplyinc.com/roun...-p-1627.html



As far as whether I store larger items flat or folded, if they will fit into these proctectors folded and still show the relevant philatelic information, I do so, otherwise I use the larger books listed above.
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That is what I am looking for and the price is right. The cost is about the same as buying stock sheets and binders seperately. I have some items larger than the standard 8 1/2 x 11 that these will be good for. I'll be ordering a few binders.

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