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Revenue Stamp

Revenue Stamp

Accession №1988.007.00011
CategorySingle Stamp
PurposePhilately
Specific NameRevenue Stamp
Date1862

Description

This private die proprietary medicine stamp was issued by the United States government in 1862. It advertises Dr. Isaac Thompson's Celebrated Eye Water, manufactured by John L. Thompson, Sons and Company. Revenue stamps were issued by the United States as part of a tax on "patent" medicines to help raise money for the Union Army to fight the American Civil War. The Proprietary Medicine Manufacturers and Dealers Association finally lobbied Congress to repeal the tax in 1883.

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