Our speaker for September was Roger Brody, on the topic “U.S. Stamped Revenue Paper”. While Roger was relatively new to this particular collecting area, he put together a rather impressive PowerPoint presentation that reflected his considerable knowledge of this somewhat esoteric subject.
Roger’s presentation provided us with an in-depth history of various forms of taxation in both the Colonies and the early Federal period. He noted that Massachusetts and New York were the first colonies to impose document taxes and that New York used both printed and embossed stamps. He described the Stamp Act of 1765, the repeal in 1766 and the taxes imposed by the U.S. Congress in 1789 on imported goods.
Throughout his talk, Roger illustrated the various types of taxes with documents in his collection. He brought the actual documents for display while highlighting the particular embossed stamps in the presentation itself. His talk covered the three Federal embossed stamp issues and also commented on the new taxes imposed in 1862 during the Civil War.