Sunday, August 22, 2010

R161 Usage Census Update - Another Fire Policy

New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company of Manchester Fire Policy
August 20, 1898

This is the second of three on-document usages of R161, the 1/2-cent orange documentary, reported by Bob Patetta.
It's a fire policy, similar to the one reported by Bob Hohertz that we blogged about previously.

The tax for fire policies was 1/2-cent per each dollar of premium paid or fraction thereof. So the premium for this $3,000 policy must have been between $16 and $17 as the tax stamps affixed, a pair of R166 4-cent, and a single R161 1/2-cent orange documentaries, total 8 1/2 cents.

The New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company of Manchester was founded in 1869. Today it is part of AIG doing business as the New Hampshire Insurance Company.

We'll cover a couple more R161 usages in days to come and then we'll switch to something different: interesting usages for the two-cent bank check tax.

If you have, or aware of, any R161 usages not yet reported, please email us, including scans if possible, at

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