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The inscription of these stamps is 'EFFETS DE COMMERCE' (25 different values)
'ARTICLES D'ARGENT VALEURS COTEES' (1865)
20 c blue on blue 'DIMENSION' (1862, eagle with crown)
(Image obtained from Jean Bensoam, France)
50 c, 1 F, 1 F 50 c, 2 F , 3 F (all blue) 'Chemins de fer, recepisses provenant de l'etranger'
The word 'Dimension' referred to the size of the paper on which they were applied (the larger, the more had to be paid).
'Dimension' (1865, locally surcharged stamps exist in 1871) 20 c blue 20 c violet 50 c brown 1 F green 1 F 50 c orange 2 F blue 3 F red
Many values exist.
'Effets de commerce de l'etranger et warrants'
About 25 values exist from 10 c to 20 F all in grey with value in red.
The inscription is 'ENREGT. TIMBRE DOMES'. Many values exist.
In this design exist: 'Timbre de dimension Affiches' (1873): 5 c (et deux centimes) red (number violet) 10 c (et deux centimes) red (number green) 20 c (et deux centimes) red (number orange) 'Connaissement' (1872) 50 c, 1 F and 2 F 'Estampille de controle' (1872) 'Copies' (1873) 50 c, 1 F, 5 F and 10 F 'Dimension' (1872) 25 c blue and black 50 c & 2/10 blue and lilac 50 c & 2/10 brown and black (1875) 1 F & 2/10 blue and yellow 1 F & 2/10 green and black (1875) 1 F 50 c & 2/10 blue and brown 1 F 50 c & 2/10 violet and black (1875) 2 F & 2/10 blue and green 2 F & 2/10 blue and black (1875) 3 F & 2/10 blue and red 3 F & 2/10 red and lilac (1875) 'Quittances, Recus et Decharges' (1871) 10 c blue
In this type exist: 'Affiches' (imperforate, 1881 or perforated, 1883): 5 c brown, 10 c green and 20 c red 'Connaissement' (imperforate or perforated, 1883): 50 c & 2/10 black on green 1 F & 2/10 black on grey 1 F & 2/10 black on brown 2 F & 2/10 black on yellow or grey 'Copies' (imperforate, 1880 or perforated, 1884) 50 c & 2/10 blue 1 F & 2/10 blue 5 F & 2/10 blue 10 F & 2/10 blue 'Dimension' (imperforate, 1881 or perforated 1885) 50 c & 2/10 brown 1 F & 2/10 green 1 F 50 c & 1/20 violet 2 F & 2/10 orange 'Quittances, Recus et Decharges' (1880), perforated 10 c grey 25 c blue 50 c black on blue 1 F black on red 2 F black on red 'Timbre quittances' (1880), imperforate 25 c blue
Issued from 1885 to 1946 in different colours and values.
('Commerce', reduced size)
Fiscal stamps in this design with inscription 'Affiches', 'Commerce', 'Connaissement', 'Dimension', 'Visa de Passeports', 'Permis de Chasse Departemental', 'Permis de Chasse General', 'Quittances' and 'Recepisses de Chemins de Fer'.
This type was introduced in 1893 for many different purposes. As far as I know, these are still in use now (2002).
Literature: 'Catalog of the Revenue Stamps of France (1962)' by Brainerd Kremer.
(Inscription 'EMP. FRAN.')
Note that in the stamps issued during the empire, the imperial eagle was included. Later it was left out.
A number of values had been issued: (no value) black, 3 c black, 7 1/2 c black on yellow, 7 1/2 c black, 15 c black on green, 15 c black, 30 c black on blue and 30 c black. It seems that forgeries of these stamps exist (I'm not sure if the above stamp is genuine).
Similar fiscal stamps with inscription 'ALLUMETTES' (=matches) exist. These stamps were never cancelled.