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United States/BOB & Other : US Beer Revenue Stamps

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ernieinjax
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07 Jun 2021
07:54:13pm
Good evening all,

Very excited to receive these two in the mail today. These are huge, bi color revenue stamps from 1878 just scream Americana. They are REA39e and REA41f. They were not listed in the Scott Catalogue until 1994 and it is my understanding that Scott Publishing still does not include spaces for these in any of its album pages.

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michael78651
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07 Jun 2021
10:27:02pm
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

Nice.

Don't expect Scott to make any changes to their albums any time soon. They have a very myopic view on such things. That's why their competition does so well. You're lucky to get the "print on demand" album pages from Scott within four weeks of placing an order.

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08 Jun 2021
05:58:19am
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

Scott does not usually provide spaces for any minor (lower case suffix) varieties on their album pages.

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ernieinjax
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08 Jun 2021
07:38:51am
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

Hey Angore, I may be mistaken but I dont think they have spaces for any REA prefixe numbers much less varieties.

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Harvey
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08 Jun 2021
09:53:17am
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

I was quite pi**ed off with my Harris US Liberty album when I really started getting into US BOB stuff and realized how much of it was left out. I really didn't want to change albums since my wife put the numbers and prices in back in the early 1970s which gives the book itself major sentimental value. I decided for a while to not collect dated reds and greens rather than put stamps on the back of pages and in margins. Then a short time ago I bid on, and won, a large selection of dated reds on pages from another album. One more sequence of punched holes and they fit my album. All is fine now since the number of Greens is doable anyway. I have to stay away from most of the really odd stuff, but you really can't collect everything. That being said, if I run into more usable pages from other albums, I might change that.

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michael78651
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08 Jun 2021
11:18:42am
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

Beer Stamps, and some other revenues are recent additions to the US Specialized, done long after the BOB album pages were made. Scott is not in any rush to add pages for them. I don't know if Steiner has made them yet.

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08 Jun 2021
08:20:09pm
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

Nice copies, Ernie....

...I have a dozen or so of the REA's - great looking revenues!

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snowy12
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09 Jun 2021
06:42:25am

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Here are some from Australia ,only fasimiles I'm afraid I have 3 pages they were a freebe in a stamp magazine in 2007.
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DavidG
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15 Jun 2021
06:50:37pm
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

Ernie:

I collect US Revenues... those are lovely!

David in Ottawa, Canada

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ernieinjax
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15 Jun 2021
09:34:15pm
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

Thanks David! It looks like there is at least one variety of each one that is affordable. I got sniped at the last minute and missed out on George Washington last weekend.

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jmh67
16 Jun 2021
02:05:32am
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

I'm curious as to how these revenue stamps were used. Their size and "denominations" suggest that they may have been stuck to the barrels or crates which would make it awkward to keep them "on entires" ;-). But maybe they were used on the bills instead?



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ernieinjax
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16 Jun 2021
08:19:54am
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

Jan Martin,

This came from www.mysticstamp.com :

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"US Beer Tax Revenue stamps were first issued in 1866 to help pay for the Civil War. The large, square stamps picture different historical figures and intricate scrollwork also found on paper money and other security printing. Beer Tax Revenue stamps were the first stamps issued for use on alcoholic beverages, though they didn't appear in Scott Catalogue until 1994.

Brewers received Beer Tax Revenue stamps in imperforate sheets and were required to attach the stamps to the spigot of the beer barrel before it left the brewery. In most cases, this meant the stamps were destoryed when the barrels were opened. However, some were carefully removed by collectors and preserved until today."



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jmh67
16 Jun 2021
10:26:21am
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

Ernie, thank you! Makes sense once you think of it, a bit like the banderoles on tobacco packages.

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16 Jun 2021
11:38:30am
re: US Beer Revenue Stamps

Jan Martin,

Yes! I remember the blue revenue stamp across the top of a pack of cigarettes very well. It has DeWitt holding his temple looking like he had a splitting headache. I am SO glad I don't smoke anymore. Rolling On The Floor Laughing

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