TURN OVER A STEREOVIEW AND WHAT DO YOU SEE?
A so called “tax stamp”. In August 1864 the US government
placed a tax on photographs: a Tax Stamp was to be stuck on the back of the
view and cancelled with the date of purchase, a seller’s stamp or just an ink
line. The tax depended on the cost of the view. Up to 25 cents there was 2
cents tax, between 25 cents and 50 cents 3 cents tax.
Early English. “Who threw that stone?”
This view was apparently sold between 25 and 50 cents.
Lawrence & Houseworth from San Francisco: “Big Trees”. If you want some more
indication about what is mend by “big”, then just click HERE for a nice close up.
A view from the International Exhibition of 1862, sold between 1864-1866 through
I.H. Stockwell “Optician and Dealer in optical and mathematical instruments.
Glasses adapted after an examination of the eye” from Worcester, Mass.
Not more than 25 cents paid for this one! Take a close LOOK to see the hidden guy.
Another “cheap” Anthony. The 2 cents stamp was cancelled with a date stamp at the
day of purchase: (wednesday) August 3, 1864. This made us curious about what else
happened that day, besides the fact that someone bought a stereoview of New York.
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