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Posted 03/17/2019   7:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add kbt to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I was speaking to a stamp dealer today and he said that at one time he had a book which described the hand stamps used on revenue stamps by the patent medicine companies. I collect the private die stamps and I'm interested collecting hand stamps (on regular revenues) by those companies. Such a book would be very helpful resource. Does anyone know of anything like this?
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Posted 03/17/2019   8:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Boston book lists the various companies that had them and lists the dates and colors they come in.
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Posted 03/17/2019   8:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have two recommendations. One is George Griffenhagen's Private Die Proprietary Medicine Stamps, published by American Topical Association, a veritable bargain at $10 and available from Eric Jackson; the second was published by the American Revenue Association and was compiled by Howard Beaumont and is entitled Printed Cancels, 1862-1883 and is listed on Richard Friedberg's website for $35.00. Both of these focus on printed cancels, not handstamps. But should provide an excellent starting point on the general proprietary stamps used by the same firms.
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Posted 03/17/2019   9:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kbt to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the info and link. I guess I am using the improper term. I'm interested in any cancels used by the M&M companies. Where they printed or hand stamped or both? It looks like the Boston book calls them a "surcharge".?
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Posted 03/17/2019   10:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
They were both. Regardless of what the Boston Book calls them they are really cancels. The printed cancels are generally more popular and more expensive.
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