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Unusual Example Of Rb14B 4-Cent Proprietary Revenue

 
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Posted 11/14/2020   6:53 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add revenuecollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Every example I've seen is on green/blue paper... except this one.

Color changeling of some sort? The design color is fairly correct though.


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Posted 11/14/2020   6:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some kind of chemical reaction with the paper. No record of any on white paper, and at this point there would be if any actually existed.
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Posted 11/14/2020   7:51 pm  Show Profile Check ericjackson's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ericjackson to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These are somewhat common to find. Two possible explanations. First is the medicine in the package reacted with the stamp and caused the change in paper color. Second is that it was done purposely by a philatelist. From the 1860's into the early 1900's there was a collector named J.N.T. Levick who was reportedly a chemist.

He did a number of strange things to stamps to change their appearance such as chemically changing green to blue, blue to purple, etc. He also experimented with paper colors on the taxpaids. It is not uncommon to find his name stamped on the back of taxpaids.

It is possible that he may have played with this stamp or it could have been somebody else experimenting.
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Apparently J.N.T. Levick was also very big in the coin world.
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Posted 11/15/2020   10:19 pm  Show Profile Check ericjackson's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ericjackson to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, he was big in coins. He wrote the first catalog about Hard Times Tokens. In stamps he was an early cataloger of Tobacco Taxpaid Tinfoils.
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