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The cents values of the Series of 1917 documentary stamps were initially printed by Huebner-Bleistein of Buffalo, New York. When Congress objected, the Bureau of Engraving took over the offset printing of these stamps. In 1924, BEP introduced the use of high etch plates to produce these stamps. Learn how to identify these three printings using actual stamps and their overprinted varieties (Future Delivery, Stock Transfer, Silver Tax, Cigarette Tube, Tobacco Sale Tax and Narcotic).
It is known that not all listings exist in the Scott U.S. Specialized for all three printings, so data collected during this course will be used to request an expansion of these listings.
Ron’s column “The Tax Collector” has appeared in most issues of The American Stamp Dealer & Collector since its inception in 2006. He has been a collector of U.S. federal and state revenues for about 60 years. Of special recent interest is the inadequate cataloging of the cents denominations of the Series of 1917 documentary stamps and the six other categories of revenue stamps that were created by overprinting these general documentaries (future delivery, stock transfer, silver tax, cigarette tubes, tobacco sale, and the handstamped and press printed narcotic tax stamps) that were in use from 1917 to 1940.
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Building Blocks of Stamp Production
Introduction to U.S. Postal History
The British Machins – Their Origins, Technical Aspects & Varieties
U.S. Stamp Design, Engraving and Printing: 1894-1950
Series of 1917 Documentary Stamps and Their Overprints
Introduction to Competitive Philatelic Exhibiting
Discover Circuit Sales & StampStore with Carol Hoffman, Director of Sales
How to Write Philatelic Articles That Get Published with Gary Loew, Editor in Chief and Susanna Mills, Associate Editor
Linking Past, Present & Future with Scott English, Executive Director and Directors
Membership in a Nutshell! with Wendy Masorti, Director of Membership
Remotely Speaking: Getting the Most Out of the APRL’s New Online Catalog and Digital Collection Database with Scott Tiffney, Director of Information Services
Researching Postal History in Washington, DC with Susan Smith, Winton M. Blount Research Chair