Penalty envelope addressed to G. R. Furman & Company of Russell Hill, Pennsylvania by the Treasury Department's Tax Collection office in Scranton.
An interested reader of this site sent in this envelope, likely from December 1898. The letter is addressed to GR Furman, our reader's wife's great great grandfather. Furman ran a general store and the post office in Russell Hill. This envelope contained a handful of rouletted proprietary battleships. Presumable these stamps were for Furman's use. The stamps were overlooked and never redeemed at the end of the tax period.