Medicine Tax Revenue Stamp
Missing From Most Collections
The Tax Act of 1862 provided that companies being taxed under the proprietary schedules could propose stamp designs and submit them to the government, and when approved, pay to have the die made for producing them. In return, the company could advertise on them and buy them at a discount from the general issue ones. These stamps were often ornate and beautifully designed. They would make a great addition to your collection.
This stamp features advertising for Centaur Liniment, a product that came about around 1871. Created by the Centaur Company, the liniment was said to relieve joint pain and other conditions in both animals and humans. The Centaur Company was one of the first companies to use celebrities in their advertising.