"From my Collection"
Some interesting examples from our collections

 

MEDICINE STAMPS - USA

Between 1862 & 1863 proprietary medicines were taxed in the United States, The tax ended when the Civil War debts had been settled, but was reinstated to help pay for the Spanish American war of 1898-1900.

 

Manufacturers could opt to pay for stamps of their own design to be printed.  270 companies did, taking advantage of the tax discount, advertising and brand development opportunities.  This tax of 1 cent for every 25 cents retail value produced 36% of the total tax revenue collected.

 

Perry Davis trademarked his "Pain Killer" in 1854 and it was still on sale in 1958, albeit with a modified formula.

 

"Private Dies" form a collecting area full of interest and reflecting a time when the medical profession was still in its infancy.

 


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