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Donation of the Month

Tobacco Tax Reports
Donor: Tom Richards
Taxes on tobacco and tobacco products have been around almost as long as tobacco has been grown in the United States.  Taxes on goods have been a long standing way for governments to raise revenue and pay down war debts.  Great Britain tried the idea first with her colonies, but here in America it was a short lived venture. Taxes on tobacco have been tried twice by the United States government, and since the second instance in 1862 they have remained.
Tobacco growing and selling has been a large part of the United States economy and to that end taxes on the selling of the product has bee
n around a long time.  The first tax on tobacco was enacted in 1794, but was quickly repealed.  In 1862, rising war debts caused the government to enact taxes on several items including tobacco.  All but the tobacco tax was repealed after the war, and by 1868 tobacco tax revenues were the main source of government income.  It remained exclusively a Federal tax until 1921 when Iowa became the first state to issue a state tax on tobacco.  By 1969 every state had tax on tobacco.  A few cities even have added their own tax, causing tobacco to be one of the highest taxed products.
In Arkansas, the state tax is $1.15 per pack, or for those who buy in bulk $11.50 a carton.  This tax is on top of the Federal tax of $1.01.  Due to state tobacco tax coupled with the large amount of tobacco sales, the state of Arkansas received $171,038 thousand in tobacco tax revenue in 2009.
To report the revenue for sale of tobacco products each cigarette carton or individual pack has a stamp.  These small stickers provide proof of purchase and include the state in which they were issued.  Through the wonders of technology all this information is fed to the state and Federal governments; however, in 1937 a monthly report of number of cigarettes purchased and number of stamps purchased needed to be written out and a copy sent off to the Department of Revenues.  Shown here are examples of the November 1937 report by the J.O. Rand Wholesale Grocery Company.
While the method of tracking taxes has changed the necessity of paying them hasn’t.  Each state, city and the Federal government relies on those taxes to pay for other projects; so as much as we bemoan paying them they are here to stay. 


More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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