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Revenue Stamp Mutilators


Revenue Stamp Mutilators

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According to a 1915 product announcement, "In accordance with the ruling of the Internal Revenue Department [on the War Tax Revenue Law], all revenue stamps to the value of ten cents or more must be mutilated with three parallel incisions, cut through the stamp after being affixed to the document. This is in addition to stamping the same with the initials of the user and date of use.” This legal requirement created a demand for devices, known as revenue stamp mutilators, that cut three straight or undulatory incisions through both the revenue stamp and the document to which the stamp was affixed. 

The photograph above shows an unmarked cast iron revenue stamp mutilator. Attached to the underside of the end of the pivoting arm are three parallel vertical steel knife blades about 1” in length (measured side to side) and 1/8” apart. When the knob on top of the device is pushed down, the blades fit into three slots in the base or anvil. If one inserts papers under the head and pushes down, the device makes three parallel incisions. A photograph of an office at the Tradesmen's Trust Company in Philadelphia taken in July 1907 shows this identical revenue stamp mutilator on a desk (The Hoskins Company Catalog, Philadelphia, c. 1910).

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Revenue Stamp Mutilator (a.k.a. Handy Revenue Stamp Mutilator)
Advertised 1900, 1915
National Seal & Stamp Works, Baltimore, MD (1900)
A. D. Joslin Mfg. Co, Chicago, IL (1915)

1900_Diamond_Revenue_Canceller_ad.jpg (19662 bytes) Diamond Revenue Canceller
Advertised 1900
A. W. Martin & Co.
Chicago, IL
Revenue_Stamp_Multilator_xx.jpg (28686 bytes) Revenue Stamp Mutilator
Image coming Revenue Stamp Cutter
Advertised 1917
C. H. Morse & Son
Rochester, NY


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