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Posted 12/23/2017   4:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some additional stamps:




And a sampling of the annual special tax stamps, large and small, both issued mid-year thus containing only some of the monthly stubs:



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Posted 12/26/2017   5:22 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Glad to see some updates, and revenuermd's explanation! I think now I need to go scan my stamp...

I love the mixing fork, by the way!
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Posted 12/26/2017   5:27 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
All this time, I thought I had an Oleo stamp!! That means I have been passing up copies all these years!

I DO, though, have an Iowa state Oleo stamp:

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Posted 12/27/2017   4:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StateRevs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
An example from Kansas:


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Posted 12/29/2017   3:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some of the early oleo taxpaids are very attractive ... and very expensive. I post these two as examples, though they are not in my collection. Someday, perhaps.



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Posted 12/30/2017   3:02 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That last one is niiiiiiice
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Posted 12/30/2017   3:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add James Drummond to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is the first federal oleomargarine tax stamp, the series of 1886.

Jim

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Posted 12/30/2017   5:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Greg Alex - your second example is stamped 36 pounds. Unfortunately someone cut off the 6 one pound coupons on the left, which would make it even more interesting.
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Posted 12/30/2017   10:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Would that be true for Jim's 10-lb. stamp, too?
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Posted 12/31/2017   06:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Greg Alex - Jim's stamp is handstamped 10 pounds, so at the time that the stamp was affixed to the package or firkin, the pound coupons were properly cut off. Only when the package contained an amount that was not exactly divisible by ten would some of the coupons be left attached to the stamp. I will try later today to scan an example with additional coupons still attached.
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Posted 10/20/2018   6:53 pm  Show Profile Check Max_Power's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Max_Power to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
do the numbers denote the amount of pounds?
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Posted 10/20/2018   7:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The 60 lb is also tough.
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Posted 10/21/2018   2:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The large numbers do denote the number of pounds in the container.
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Posted 09/04/2022   4:55 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just ran across this 1943 oleo ad:


Older folks may know this, but it appears oleomargarine wasn't rationed the same was as real butter during WWII, hence was rather popular! One magazine I found stated that "... butter is a luxury and margarine, the universal substitute, is non-existent".

Note in the British 1943 ad below for Stork Margarine the fact that their product isn't available!


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Posted 09/04/2022   5:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Reddeye to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting read. Thanks for the good bit of history. Never knew of the Butter-Margarine Tax Wars.
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