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A Trio Of Spanish American War First Day Of Tax Usages... Well Sort Of.

 
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Posted 12/17/2019   10:19 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add revenuecollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I picked these up from a few different sources. July 1, 1898 was the first day of the Spanish American War taxes. As with FDCs in the front of the book, first day of tax usages are highly collectible. Additionally, last day of tax usages are also frequently sought after.


First, a check on the account of the Pittsfield Transportation Co., drawn on the Third National Bank of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.




Next, a draft from the Banking House of Eavey, Lane & Co. in Hagerstown, Maryland.





And lastly, one that's a bit of a head scratcher. A draft from the German Savings Bank of Chester, Iowa with a lovely Elk vignette at left and a small beehive vignette at bottom, dated July 2, 1898. However the stamp is canceled July 1, 1898. The stamp is tied at left and the hand matches the signature line... so what was going on here? Clerical error? Postdated check?

Unusual.


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Posted 12/17/2019   11:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cjd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Neat.

What about after last day of tax usages? Those must be a thing, no? Or did the word get out sufficiently that they just didn't happen?
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as a potential answer to your question re dating.........July 1 st was a Sunday and some groups do not conduct business on what they hold is the Lord's day. Another thought is that the checks were pre-stamped and dated when used, so as not to run foul of the law, with the checks dated when drawn. I have an example from a long run of checks one drawn the day before the tax, and the next a first day usage consecutively numbered.
As to the last day of use for stamps, I imagine one could find uses with a diligent search. As there was a grace period for redemption of unused stamps and printed checks most larger firms would just delayed a day or made provision for plain checks to be available before hand. I would also imagine that stamped or pre-printed checks used after the repeal could also be found, but would be far less common.
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Posted 12/19/2019   11:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StateRevs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Dan,

Earliest date from my battleship calendar collection. I will let others opine as to why or how it came to be...

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And my latest date; June 24, 1902.



I am after 1902 canx dates if anyone has them lying around
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The June cancel was probably just printed that day. It didn't matter to them anyway, it was a Friday job, and it might have been asked to be done quickly to have products ready for the start of the next week. Or perhaps the company might have had business reasons for doing so, such as differentiating this week's product from next weeks product. It's cool to us as collectors, but for sure no one at the time was thinking about us.
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