Bella Brocante is starting to become a new spot for me. Lots of great ephemera. How do people find all this stuff for their collections!? I need to find a better flea market.
All images via Karen Horton’s Flickr- she has quite a collection of stamps to peruse through.
I hate taxes, but I love these tax stamps! It almost makes it a little less annoying having everything taxed when it comes with some beautiful little piece of design. Yes, I’m a crazy designer, I know. Maybe for my new company I’ll design my own tax stamps- “You’re being taxed 7.5%!” that way it softens the blow with a beautifully engraved design.
“Brewers received the stamps without gum or perforations. They then cut the stamps apart, cancelled them, and pasted them over the bung of the beer barrel so that tapping the barrel destroyed the stamp.”- The National Post Museum
The detail in these engravings are unbelievable. I’ve always loved how ornate our paper currency is, and this collection shows a really nice range of vignette designs. You can see them in color here. If you guys would like me to go more in depth on the history of the things I post, let me know. I’ve been going crazy starting up my new wholesale/retail company, and sadly my posting has suffered over the past couple of weeks. Sorry! Bear with me though..things are about to get awesome.
Another 5 are inside the post!
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I know, it’s annoying, I’m trying to fix it :/