Posted 4 years ago
As an early image collector, I have often found the interest and value lies on the back of a carte de visite. Both the photographer and revenue tax stamps can greatly increase the interest in images.
This pair is a great example of the latter. When examined individually, they appear to have an unusual cancellation of "Abe" and "Tax", rather than the usual initials, date or an "X".
Together the spell out a photographers frustration with rising costs of photographs due to the "Abe Tax" levied on photographic images and in effect from 1 AUG 1864 until 31 JUL 1866.
I have seen individual cancellations of "War Tax", but this is the first of this type that I have encountered.
I wonder if the purchaser of the images even noticed the photographers expression.
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