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Picture with Stamp
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Attached you will find a picture with a cents US INTERR REV stamp on the back.  I was wondering if you could tell me anything about it or if you knew of where I could get information about it from. I wanted to know who is in the picture as well as who took the picture.  I notice the picture has red/rose accents to it. My grandmother told me it may be our ancestor General Persinger, but I am not sure.
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Terri,

The stamp is a revenue issue, and looks to be Scott number R15c (the image is too small for me to make out confirming details).  R15c was used between 1862 and 1871, and a fault-free, eye-appealing example is valued at 35 cents.  The presence of the stamp shows that the federal tax was paid on the photograph.  The tax was a result of an act of Congress in 1862, designed to help Lincoln pay for the Civil War effort.  I don't know the person in the photo, nor do I know who took the photo.  Most photographers backstamped their photos, but I did not see one in the scan.

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I am a collector of United States postage stamps, and also a stamp dealer. I`m a member of the American Philatelic Society (APS). My principle area of interest and expertise is in United States Stamps.

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