Playing Card Stamps
On August 1, 1894, a tax was imposed on playing cards as part of the Wilson Bill.
Certain luxury items, including Playing Cards, were first taxed in 1862. The tax was levied to help fund the Union’s Civil War effort. The tax rate structure was based on five different levels depending on the cost of the pack of cards. No consideration was given to the number of cards in the deck, and opening the pack usually destroyed the revenue stamp.