OliveTreeGenealogy.com logo for Olive Tree Genealogy and its free free genealogical resourcesYour link to the past since February 1996! Search for your ancestors in free Ships' Passenger lists, Naturalization Records, Palatine Genealogy, Canadian Genealogy, American Genealogy, Native American Genealogy, Huguenots, Mennonites, Almshouse Records, Orphan Records, church records, military muster rolls, census records, land records and more. Olive Tree Genealogy Free Genealogy Database marks FREE genealogy records.
Olive Tree Genealogy Blog was one of MyHeritage top 100 Genealogy blogs, one of the 25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs by Technorati and one of the Top 40 Genealogy Blogs 2011 & 2012.

See the list of Ten People All Genealogists Should Follow On Twitter


FIRST NAME


LAST NAME


LOCALITY


Check out the Genealogy Books written by Olive Tree Genealogy!

The Van Slyke Family in America has been revised and is available. See all Family History books
 
 
 
Genealogy Spotlight
Genealogy Tips


Try an Ancestry.com Free Trial



Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners
Read my review of this amazing little scanner

Preserve memories with the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner!
Spread the Word
Share with other genealogists! Tweet this page!

Google Plus Proilfe page for Olive Tree GenealogyFollow Olive Tree Genealogy on Google+

Genealogy Ideas
Your Name in History
Find out if your Surname is part of the Our Name in History Collection! Just type your surname into the search box
 
Get Started in Genealogy
Discover Your Ancestors on Fold3

Revenue Stamps on Ancestor Photograph

Collectors of cartes-de-visite often have one or more prized Civil War photographs that have revenue stamps affixed on the reverse side. Because these stamps were required on photographs only from 1864 to 1866, their presence (or their absence) gives us the approximate dates of ancestor photographs of the Civil War era. Often the photographer dated the revenue stamp which gives us an exact date the photograph was taken.
An act of Congress passed on June 30, 1864 added a new tax on all "photographs, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes or any other sun-pictures" to be paid for by attaching a revenue stamp on the back of the photograph. The tax was set at 2c for a photograph "with a retail value of not over 25c, 3c for a photo costing over 25c but not over 50c; 5c for photos costing over 50c but not over a dollar; and for each additional dollar or fraction of a dollar, another 5c.

The majority of stamped photographs found today are cartes-de-visite. Cartes usually cost around a quarter, although they sometimes went six for a dollar, and later ten or twelve for a dollar. Two cent or three cent stamps seem to be the most common values affixed to cartes-de-visite.

Revenue stamps found on photographs had similar designs - a portrait of George Washington surrounded by an ornate frame. The stamps most often seen on photographs are the one, two, and three cent values. They were printed in red, blue, orange, or green.
2 cent orange George Washington revenue stamp 2 cent green revenue stamp George Washington cancelled with date 1865 3 cent George Washington Revenue Stamp cancelled with X
2 cent orange George Washington revenue stamp, cancelled with photographer initials 2 cent green George Washington revenue stamp cancelled with date 1865 3 cent George Washington Revenue Stamp cancelled with X
Photographers were supposed to cancel each stamp and record the date of the photograph on the stamp. Some used a handstamp similar to a postmark, some just used a pen. Stamped photographs are sometimes found canceled with the initials of the photographer, with or without a date, or sometimes canceled with a slash or an "x". Some have uncanceled stamps on them. Federal law called for a $10.00 penalty for failure to affix a required tax stamp on a photograph.

The stamp tax on photographs was repealed 1 August 1866

View Ancestor Photo Albums | Identify Ancestor Photos: Types of Early Photographs | Hints for Dating Old Photographs | Dating Old Photographs through Clothing & Hairstyle | How Revenue Stamps Can Date Ancestor Photos

Genealogy Spotlight
NEW!
Free Genealogy Trials
*Trial Access Ancestry.com
*14 Days FREE Ancestry.co.uk

Genealogy Top Pick

Olive Tree Free Genealogy
Search for ancestors on the monthly list of free Olive Tree Genealogy databases
Lost Faces Ancestor Photos from the 1800s

Wishing you had an ancestor photograph? See the 1800s photographs and ancestor photo albums on Lost Faces. There are over 2,500 photos in this growing genealogy collection


Don't leave without searching for your ancestors on Olive Tree Genealogy! Free Ships' Passenger lists, orphan records, almshouse records, JJ Cooke Shipping Lists, Irish Famine immigrants, family surnames, church records, military muster rolls, census records, land records and more are free to help you find your brick-wall ancestor. Build your family tree quickly with Olive Tree Genealogy free records

URL: http://olivetreegenealogy.com/           All rights reserved          Copyright 1996-present
These pages may be freely linked to but not duplicated in any fashion without my written consent.

Home Philosophy Helping FAQ Link to Olive Tree Make Olive Tree Your Homepage Library Friends Search Store About Lorine Awards, Interviews About OliveTreeGenealogy


Contact Lorine at Contact Lorine of Olive Tree Genealogy