The tax on canned goods began on October 1, 1866. "For each can, bottle, or other package, for each two pounds weight or fraction thereof, one cent." On March 1, 1867 meats, shell-fish, fruits and vegetables became exempt.

The only canned fruit stamps issued were for T. Kensett & Company of Baltimore. 528,000 were issued, all on old paper, and fewer than 30 are believed to exist today. Most copies are faulty, as they were used on steel cans.

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