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United States Possessions continued...

Canal Zone continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
781 E 38 image1913, 1c Balboa, green & black, type II and "T / 1-¢" overprint (Scott 38), This stamp is imaged in an article published in 3rd Quarter 1980 The Canal Zone Philatelist (whole No. 56; pp. 20-21) that reads,

"During World War I Congress passed a bill on Oct. 2, 1917 increasing the postal rates to provide additional funds to defray war expenses. The first class rate was raised to 3¢. On Oct. 19, 1917 the Director of Posts of the Canal Zone wrote to the Executive Secretary calling this Act to his attention. Since the Canal Zone had never had a 3¢ stamp up to that time, it would be necessary to either order stamps of the 3¢ denomination or surcharge present stamps. With this in mind, the Director of Posts had the Panama Canal Press prepare proofs of such a surcharge. According to Tatleman's book the 1¢ and 2¢ stamped envelopes of 1916 were surcharged with a "T" and "1¢". According to Tatleman two different sizes of the surcharges were prepared for the proofs, although he only illustrates one size on both the 1¢ and 2¢ envelopes. On Oct. 23, 1917, Frank Feuille, Special Attorney, The Panama Canal ruled that this postage increase was in fact an exise tax and thus did not apply to the Canal' Zone. The rates were not increased during the war in the Canal Zone and these surcharges. were never issued….

Recently H. E. Harris and Co., Inc. discovered in a collection that they had purchased a copy of the l¢ Type II stamp with a similar surcharge (this exact stamp). Accompanying this stamp was a typed letter as follows: "August 27, 1920. (To) Mr. Gerald Bliss, Cristobal, C. Z. (Dear) Sir: Mr. Coleman (a famous) stamp dealer in Washington D.C., may write to you in regard to Canal Zone stamps with a War Tax Surcharge. For your information: - There were a few sample specimens surcharged at Mt. Hope but on account of the Postal Agreement with the Republic of Panama it was decided not to impose a War Tax. Very truly yours," Unfortunately the letter ends at this point with no indication of who the writer may have been and there is no signature. Since the whereabouts of the envelope proofs is unknown, it is not possible to compare this surcharge with those and reach a conclusion about its genuineness", unused without gum; natural straight edge at right and faint toning on back, in addition to the stamp, the surcharge was also applied to one #U1 and one #U2, which were once part of the Irwin Gibbs collection. (Image)

Get Market Data for [United States Possessions (Canal Zone) 38] Visual Pricing Guide Sample Census

Estimate $400-600
SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
782   imageMoney Order Business Collection, 1910's-1960's many forms and typed letters, including applications and receipts for postal money orders, postal savings certificates, United States Mail C.O.D. tags, many small correspondences related to replacing lost money orders, and much more, mixed condition, Fine to Very Fine overall. Shipping charges apply - weight 1.6 lbs. (Image)

Get Market Data for [United States Possessions (Canal Zone) Collection] Visual Pricing Guide Sample Census

Estimate $300-400
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction

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