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1940 Series Sensitive Ink - R288, R289, R290

 
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Posted 01/23/2022   09:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Moyock13 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Does anyone have the history of the "sensitive ink" used on the 1940 series of Documentary revenue stamps?
R288, R289, R290, R300, R301, R302

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Ken
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Posted 01/23/2022   2:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
May I suggest you look at pages 39-40 of Richard Friedberg's "Introduction to United States Revenue Stamps" for a more complete explanation. Because of reuse of the 1917 documentary stamps, Internal Revenue had BEP overprint the documentary and stock transfer stamps with "Series 1940" so that they could only be used in 1940 and 1941. At the end of 1941 all remaining unused stamps were to be sent back and traded for Series 1941 or Series 1942 stamps. Since the retention period for documents was 3 years the stamps could not be soaked off and reused. The precedent for this was the tobacco taxpaids beginning in 1932 (on these the first group was Series 102). The tobacco taxpaids of series 102 were only valid in 1932 and 1933.

Now regarding the so-called "sensitive ink" this was an experiment of an indelible ink for which BEP and IRS were to receive feedback. Apparently the feedback felt this special ink was unnecessary because of the rest of the regulations regarding retention of the documents and devaluation of the stamps after two calendar years.

Again, read Richard Friedberg's more detailed explanation quoting the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Guy T. Helvering.
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Posted 01/23/2022   3:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Moyock13 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice! Thanks, Ron! Just placed my order for Richard Friedberg's "Introduction to United States Revenue Stamps"

Ken
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Posted 01/24/2022   11:38 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
To provide context, the stamp on the left below is the normal variety, the stamp on the right is sensitive ink. You'll want to click on the image and view it at full size.

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Posted 01/24/2022   12:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Moyock13 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks revenuecollector. I can see the purple/blue overprint ink as well as the gold fleck through a jewelers loupe on my R288 and R290, but my little V550 will not provide the same.



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