Marca da Bollo and other Italian fiscals with stamp-like designs

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The Italian revenue stamps (with inscriptions such as ‘Marca da Bollo’, ‘Tassa di bollo, ‘Riscontro’ etc.) often resemble postage stamps. When looking at these, I can’t help thinking “which came first, the chicken or the egg” design wise.

Italian revenue stamps with designs / elements familiar from postage stamps. The overprint 'Alberghi' in last stamp means literally 'Hotels', so I guess it's some kind of Hotel revenue.

Italian revenue stamps with designs / elements familiar from postage stamps. The overprint 'Alberghi' in last stamp means literally 'Hotels'

As I don’t have an Italian revenue stamps catalog (meaning Unificato), I can’t give out any accurate details on these. But AFAIK the above revenue’s have been issued between 1880’s and early 1930’s.

Slightly newer (1940/50's?) Italian revenue stamps feature a design that is no longer familiar from stamps.

Slightly newer (1940/50's?) Italian revenue stamps feature a design that is no longer familiar from stamps.

Though these are not stamps, they are still attractive thus deserve their place as BOB (Back-Of-Book) material on my Italian collection.

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