Trenton Falls, NY: J. R. Moore, ca, 1864-1866. 7 CDVs, each 2 5/16 x 3 13/16 inches. An albumen photograph on the front of each, with a hand-cancelled tax stamp on the reverse. Also, each is hand titled in ink, on the reverse. Item #29535
The Civil War popularized photography to a new degree. Demand for cheap portraits grew enormous as men marched off to war, wishing to leave portraits behind or to take one with them. Many studios also did a brisk trade supplying images of the scenes and heroes of the war. This mass popularity did not escape the notice of the Treasury Department. Charged with raising as much money as possible for the war, its fledgling Office of Internal Revenue levied a stamp tax in August 1864 on what it quaintly referred to as "sun pictures". Studios, already burdened by duties on their raw materials, an income tax and a license fee, petitioned Congress through trade organizations, arguing that their share of the National Debt was unfairly high and that the stamps were a nuisance that ruined their pictures. After two years, their persistent efforts won out and the stamp tax was lifted August 1, 1866. These CDV's are of Trenton Falls, NY, taken by J. R. Moore. Moore was active in Trenton Falls, 1860 -1870.