A new thread featuring the Revenue stamps of France.
As you saw earlier, I entered an exhibit featuring these stamps recently in the Ann Arbor annual show. It was a single frame and was a very broad overview. I've since been acquiring new material and am planning a two-frame exhibit for Toledo in February featuring some of the same materiel but perhaps a bit more in depth and with more examples.
So ... in the beginning
We have CABASSON! The ‘Cabasson’ Design: The first French revenue (tax) stamp was authorized June 11th, 1859 and issued to pay the royalty on foreign drafts (or from colonies that were not subject to stamp duty). The stamp was designed by artist and engraver Guillaume Alphonse Harang who was known as ‘Cabasson’. The image represents a commercial allegory (the god Mercury) holding a caduceus, with the attributes trade and industry by his side. Yvert & Tellier catalog 25 denominations with several sub - varieties.
These stamps, being quite old, and not being printed in high quality to begin with, are very faded with the design being indistinct. Here is my collection and I have imaged the best one so you can (hopefully) see it a little better.
same category of Revenue Stamps -- 'Effets de Commerce' or 'Commercial Affairs' .. i.e. a tax an commercial transactions. Anyway, in 1864, Alfred Barre designs his first revenue stamp featuring a bust of Napoleon III (a design seen on many regular non-revenue stamps). He follows up with a second design, the 'Etoile' or 'Star' design. Pictured below are the first set of denominations for Napoleon III.
received this in the mail today ... forgot that I had bid on it. Appears to be a ledger from 1915-16 ... has a signed revenue stamp on every page. I'm just showing one set of pages as it is quite fragile and I'm not sure I want to try to scan all the pages.
Any ideas on how to display this in an exhibit?
"What should I do? I think the best thing is to order a stamp with my face on it." - Charles, Emperor of Austria 1882-1922 on learning of his accession to the throne.
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