Ironic 1850s Tax Assessment

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For sale is a small, original handwritten PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT from the 1850s. This tax bill assessed a county tax in the amount of $1.43 and a state tax of $1.43 to Catherine & Regina Schafer. The county tax rate was 3 points. The assessed property value was $475.00. The tax assessor’s name was Goullon.

An interesting feature of this standard tax form is that it is automatically addressed to “Sir”, presumably because only a man could own property. This note is particularly ironic because this particular property was in fact jointly owned by two women, probably sisters. A great historical collectible.

Weight 0.75 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 11 × 1 in

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