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Civil War Soldier's Corrrespondence With Stamp

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Posted 03/30/2020   3:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is certainly true that demonetization did not happen right away everywhere.

Acceptance of old stamps appears to have been scaled out, by post office, starting August 1861.

By 1862, such usages become quite unusual.
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Posted 04/03/2020   12:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Caper123 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Txstamp - I assume this falls into the unusual use after 1862 category?

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Posted 04/03/2020   12:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jleb1979 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Since learned that this fellow is thought to be a Warren Tapley, Assistant Surgeon of the 8th Massachusetts, and that the photo was taken in early 1861 in Elkridge, Maryland. Sorry I did not have that information when I originally posted.

Hope y'all enjoyed it.

Edited with an afterthought: I'm now wondering what the earliest photograph is of someone with a letter with an identifiable (pretty much anyway) stamp.
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Edited by jleb1979 - 04/03/2020 12:51 pm
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Posted 04/03/2020   3:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
caper - heh. Fun cover.

Tying it into pandemics - I guess the Spanish Flu probably can't survive 102 years on paper. Or can it?
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Posted 04/03/2020   7:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
early 1861


That makes it an 1857 issue stamp; probably #26.
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Posted 04/05/2020   9:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Aviatik to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm late to this party but I thought I'd drop an idea no one else brought up. Civil war era photographers were notorious for staging photos. The pipe and letter could well be photographers props rendering dates irrelevant.

I'm not obsessive enough to do it but if you looked through lots of Brady photos you might find many different soldiers reading the same "letter from home". Too bad we can't read the address. if it was M. Brady we could be sure.
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