We are a business that provides fabrics, thread, patterns, sewing gear and notions for reenactors.Order by mail, telephone, fax or through our shopping cart.Or visit us at our stall when we attend an event near you.Figure 1.--Here is an example of a Federal Civil War era revenue stamp.They were required on all photographs taken during 1864-66.Thus we know cards with these stamps were taken during this period. Federal Government to help finance the Civil War approved a 3 cents tax on all photographs sold in the United States from September 1, 1864 to August 1, 1866.Portraits without the stamp were presumably taken before or afterwards which can also be useful information. We are constantly looking for any indicators from specific countries which may help provide clues on dates. There is one useful American indicator, albeit for only a short period. This is a period at the end of the War and a little over a year after the War.Here is the back if a CDV showing one of the stamps. Because money was involved, the presence of these stamps is definitive confirmation that the stamp was used during this 2-year period. This was only a short period, but it does help date the portraits with these stamps.
Once the stamp was on there we assume that it would stay well afixed or leave a mark where it was removed.
So we have a very good indicator for about a 2-year period in the mid-1860s in the northern states and areas controlled by Federal forces.
The photographer was susposed to cancel the stamp by initialing it. The American Civil War has been called the first modern war because of the number of men involved, the sweeping movements, the use of trains and telegraphs, and the increasing sophistication of the weaponery including rifled artillery, repeating weapons and iron-clad ships.
The Civil War was the defining epoch of the American nation.
It has been extensively studied in American history, but except for military scholars little noted outside the United States.
The Civil War, however, had profound consequences for world history that were not immediately apparent in 1865.