Imperial Granum Tax Stamp


July 24, 2013 DianeDeblois



The trade cards for Imperial Granum are fairly common - two often seen designs feature a bouquet of children's heads. The infant cereal food was invented in 1860, patented in 1877, and was required in 1881 to have a proprietary tax stamp affixed to packages (produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington). But the small slip illustrated here was designed at the same time to seal packages. It was printed by Peter Hall in New York, in the short period (1880 and 1881) that imperial granumhe worked independently (after engraving for Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, and superintending the Engraving Division for Continental Bank Note Company). Was Hall copying the trade card images?


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