100 Years Ago: The War Tax

The Intelligencer  April 12, 1915 (page 4)

“The War Tax. The Post Office Department, having given notice a week or two ago in connection with the War Revenue Act, that all letters and postcards mailed in Canada for delivery in Canada, the United States or Mexico, and letters mailed in Canada for delivery in the United Kingdom and British possessions generally, or wherever the two cent rate applied, should in addition to ordinary postage carry a one cent stamp as a War Tax, and also having notified the public that such war tax, while it should be paid preferably by the postage stamp marked ‘War Tax,’ could, if such stamp were not available, be paid by an ordinary one cent postage stamp, is now issuing further notice to the effect that postage stamps may be used for the prepayment of war duties on bank cheques, bills of exchange, promissory notes, express money orders, proprietary or patent medicines, perfumery, wines or champagne …  the intention being to provide facilities in those portions of the country where the excise stamps are not readily available.”