Man, thanks for this. I really appreciate you finding that. I find it so interesting. It's much earlier than I thought. I'm glad that so much of the cancel was on the stamp. I have been looking for examples of this stamp. It seems the more valuable ones have am "IR Official" overprint. Am I to understand this stamp was doubly employed as a postage and tax stamp?
It depends on what stamp you refer to. From 1881, 1d stamps became valid as proof of receipt of certain revenues and affixed to documents. The current 1d revenue stamps also became valid for postage. Thereafter more values became valid for this purpose.
The stamp overprinted "IR Official," as suggested by the overprint was for official use. Government departments were allowed free carriage of mail between the main office and local offices. Stamps were supplied by the General Post Office. They were overprinted with the name of the department to which they were issued and the word official for accounting purposes. These stamps were forbidden to be owned by private persons.
The stamps overprinted "IR Official" were used for correspondence between Inland Revenue offices throughout the UK. Interestingly, these are stamps you can be quite certain were not used to pay revenue.
I think that you will find it is not only early GB stamps that had a dual purpose. I think it continued long after GB dropped the word from the stamps. My grandparents' first mortgage in the mid 30's had stamps attached as stamp duty paid. I remember in the late 70's going to the post office to purchase a TV license which also had postage stamps attached.
The first statement is correct. The second, partially is correct. The last statement is doubtful. You could buy TV licence (savings) stamps from the post office. Those were not valid for postal use.
And here is why:
Interesting, I do not recall ever reading information as to when / if
dual purpose use of GB stamps, expired, if at all.
Someone here should know.
I think that you will find it is not only early GB stamps that had a dual purpose.
Correct, until 1968.
I think it continued long after GB dropped the word from the stamps.
Yes and no. The word was not always printed on stamps up to 1968. However, the Wildings that were in use until 1968 (and regional Wildings until 1971) did include the word up to the end, hence even after the use was ended in 1968.
I remember in the late 70's going to the post office to purchase a TV license which also had postage stamps attached.
The late 70's was after the validity of postage stamps for payment of tax. You might be describing TV licensing savings stamps.