Alexandra Gagnon, Danvers High School Class of 2019
The stamps pictured here are examples of the first ever American revenue stamps. They were first issued in 1862. The design on the stamps is a profile view of George Washington, the very first president of The United States.
Revenue stamps were used during the American Civil War by the federal Gov to raise funds for the war. People and businesses would purchase these stamps and the gov would use the proceeds for the war effort of the Union Army.