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To help pay costs of the Civil War, the Federal Government began in 1862 to tax patent medicines, requiring that revenue stamps be affixed to each bottle. This act was repealed in 1883, but a similar act was in force for 3 years in support of the Spanish-American War. Collecting these stamps has become an off-beat but well-established corner of American philately. Although the stamps themselves are prosaic bits of paper compared with our present-day commemoratives, the stories of the companies using them and of their proprietors and their products are entertaining but sometimes hair-raising vignettes of folk and formal
Private Die Proprietary Medicine Stamps.. Ann Intern Med. 1969;70:1297–1298. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-6-1297_5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(6):1297-1298.
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