Stamps (Philately)/3 cent stamp

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I have two 3 cent stamps.  They are green with George Washington in the middle. The top reads "inter.revenue"  with "proprietary" on the bottom.  Both stamps are fully perforated.  They both have a black inked, hand made X on them, right in the middle of the forehead.  The stamps are on the back of wallet sized pictures of a boy around the ages of 6 and 8.  The back round in both pictures is the same as is the last name that someone wrote on the front of the pictures.
Please let me know more about the stamps and what they are worth.

Thank You,

Kasee

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Hi Kasee,

Thanks for your question.

What you have there is called a revenue stamp.  Revenue stamps were used as a form of receipt for goods received or services rendered.  The "X" in the middle was where a postmaster or person in charge cancelled the stamp. Hand cancellations such as this were used frequently as automation was not in existence.

This particular stamp is Scott #R18 and it was issued between 1862 and 1871.  The current list value on this stamp is $7.00.

Thanks again for your question and let me know if I can be of any more help.

Terry
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Terry Tipton

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I have been involved in philately for most of my 56 years. I specialize in United States Issues and Postmarks. I have numerous reference sources to research if I do not know the answer. I am organized and promise swift courteous answers. I am a member of the American Philatelic Society. I also have my own philatelic mail order business.

Experience

As I mentioned, I have been collecting philatelic items for most of my 56 years. I have several albums of United States issues (most of them are pages I designed myself) and I also have numerous albums of postmarks sorted and researchhed by state.

Organizations
American Philatelic Society, All Nations Stamp Club and Harford County Stamp Club

Publications
Linn's, All Nations Stamp Club Website, and local Newspaper

Awards and Honors
Board of Directors for Christmas in April 1990-1996

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