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"Here's The Story, Of A Man Named Brady..."

 
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Posted 03/24/2019   11:14 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add revenuecollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
"... who was busy with three boys of his own.."

No wait... sorry, different Brady.

Mathew Brady was one of the most, if not THE most, prolific photographer of the Civil War. CDVs (Carte de Visites, an early form of photograph) from his studio are highly collectible, as he (and his employees) photographed many military subjects, as well as unusual subjects of the era such as circus freaks, native americans, etc. The CDVs appeal to military history collectors, Civil War re-enactors, collectors of Americana, etc.

For revenue stamp collectors, on the other hand, the interest is due primarily to the diminuitive script printed cancels he utilized, one worded "Brady", and the other "Washington". The "Brady" cancel is routinely $250-400 at retail, and the considerably more scarce "Washington" is $350-500. Here are examples of each from my collection:





I first became aware of these cancels years ago when I read through Bruce Baryla's award-winning exhibit, The Civil War Sun Picture Tax. His page on Mathew Brady can be seen here:

http://web.newsguy.com/bruceb/london/Brady%201.htm

I was enamored by the connection between the two cancels and set about trying to not only get examples of both cancels, but more difficultly on CDVs (which Bruce did not have in his exhibit) and hopefully at least one with a front mark like the one shown in his exhibit, with both "Brady" and "Washington" in the same fonts as the cancels, thus establishing the connection.

Easier said than done, however, as the vast majority of Brady CDVs found are either outside the 2-year period that CDVs were taxed (August 1, 1864 through July 31, 1866) and thus don't have revenue stamps affixed, or are canceled with other types of cancels rather than the script cancels:




Along the way, I purchased the script "Washington" cancel shown above from Bruce's exhibit when he broke down the exhibit and sold it in pieces on eBay back in 2013. I also found this unusual example, a double strike of the "Washington" cancel:




But still, I wasn't able to obtain examples of "Brady" or "Washington" on CDVs... until a few weeks ago. I now have examples of both script cancels on Brady CDVs, and happily one of them has the front mark connecting the two:













Now the next question is given that Brady CDVs can also be found with front marks of "Brady" and "New York" in the same font as the script cancels, does that mean that lurking somewhere out there is a "New York" script cancel?... to my knowledge, none have been reported... yet. I need to do some more research to determine whether the Brady-New York front mark combination was used during the taxable period, or if it just came later.






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Posted 03/24/2019   11:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 03/24/2019   11:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Since this photo mentions both NY and DC, there must have been photos from NY in the tax period. Until one is found, it is probably safe to assume that the BRADY cancel was used. A script NEW YORK would probably have been observed by now if it existed given the long term popularity of cancels.
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Posted 03/24/2019   11:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I wonder where exactly on Broadway & 10th St his place was. I am very familiar with that location, I have a friend who lives on that corner.
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I agree that it is highly unlikely, but we discover new revenue-related items every day... you never know.
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Posted 03/24/2019   11:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And here it is:
https://www.historynet.com/mathew-b...k-studio.htm

The church is still there. Alas, nothing else remains from the photo.
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Nice! Great research and history. Hmmm, a great title for that collection - "The Brady Bunch"
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Very interesting revenuecollector
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