Sunday, April 25, 2010

G. H. Mumm Printed Cancels: Joyce Type 3, 1 Cent 1901s

By 1902, Mumm was the largest Champagne house in the world, and sold 3 million bottles each year.  One million of those bottles were exported to the United States.  So for the 1898 tax period which lasted from mid 1898 to mid 1902, there were close to 4 million bottles exported to the US.  Each one of these bottles required a tax stamp of one or two cents depending on the bottle's size.  There are not even close to this number of stamps with a GHM printed cancel still out there.  But the numbers illustrate why a foreign firm, required to use revenue stamps due to the tax on sparkling wines, would create printed cancels for its use.  With the need of one million stamps per year, mechanically printing cancels was a very efficient proposition for the French firm. 

Below is the list of available 1901 printed cancels on the 1 cent proprietary battleship.  Below the list you will find the stamps canceled in 1901 in my collection.



G. H. M. & Co.
FRANCE
1/1  1901

G. H. M. & Co.
FRANCE
1/3  1901



G. H. M. & Co.
FRANCE
1/6  1901



G. H. M. & Co.
FRANCE
1/7  1901



G. H. M. & Co.
FRANCE
1/8  1901



G. H. M. & Co.
FRANCE
1/9  1901



G. H. M. & Co.
FRANCE
1/10  1901

G. H. M. & Co.
FRANCE
1/11  1901




G. H. M. & Co.
FRANCE
1/12  1901

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