Illegal Use of Revenue Stamp

[Illegal Postage]

This is the image of the upper right corner of a cover that has passed through the U.S. mails illegally. The reason for this is the use of a revenue stamp to pay the first class postage for the letter. These stamps were supposed to be placed on legal documents as proof of payment of federal transaction fees, and were issued during the Spanish-American War. This stamp was used in 1899, after the War. Scott lists this stamp as number R164.

The cover itself is an ordinary business envelope, and shows no special markings that might indicate that it was mailed by a stamp collector, nor does it show any evidence of being intercepted by the Post Office. I find these types of covers to be fascinating, and rarely miss a chance to add new items to my collection. See also the main illegal use page with more examples

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Based on Code by Louis Lazaris. See article and original inspiration.

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