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Excise Collection

"Excise: A Historical Journey Through Taxation and Customs" In 1939, Terry's exerciser for men took the world by storm with its promise of a fit and healthy physique

Background imageExcise Collection: French Customs officers X-Ray for smuggled goods

French Customs officers X-Ray for smuggled goods 1897

Background imageExcise Collection: Advert for Terrys exerciser for men 1939

Advert for Terrys exerciser for men 1939
Christmas gift ideas from Herbert Terry exercisers, including steelstrand expander, golfer pocket wrist exerciser, spring grip dumbbells

Background imageExcise Collection: Customs, 19th Century

Customs, 19th Century
THE CUSTOM HOUSE Searching imported goods and luggage thoroughly

Background imageExcise Collection: 18th Century Taxation

18th Century Taxation
Satire on the taxes with which people were burdened in the latter 18th century

Background imageExcise Collection: Cartoon of the treacherous Lord Bute receiving a reward while the old patriot Englishman is taxed

Cartoon of the treacherous Lord Bute receiving a reward while the old patriot Englishman is taxed until he is bent
FLO4717869 Cartoon of the treacherous Lord Bute receiving a reward while the old patriot Englishman is taxed until he is bent double

Background imageExcise Collection: Boston Tea Party, 16 December 1773. Bostonians tarring and feathering the Excise man

Boston Tea Party, 16 December 1773. Bostonians tarring and feathering the Excise man and forcing tea down his throat
530428 Boston Tea Party, 16 December 1773. Bostonians tarring and feathering the Excise man and forcing tea down his throat. In background tea is being dumped in the harbour

Background imageExcise Collection: Sir Robert Hart, GCMG, Inspector-General of Chinese Customs, in his 'Den'at Pekin (engraving)

Sir Robert Hart, GCMG, Inspector-General of Chinese Customs, in his "Den"at Pekin (engraving)
1591912 Sir Robert Hart, GCMG, Inspector-General of Chinese Customs, in his " Den" at Pekin (engraving) by Wilson

Background imageExcise Collection: Sketches form Japan, the Custom-House at Yokuhama (engraving)

Sketches form Japan, the Custom-House at Yokuhama (engraving)
1619697 Sketches form Japan, the Custom-House at Yokuhama (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sketches form Japan, the Custom-House at Yokuhama)

Background imageExcise Collection: Discovery of Contreband at the Customs Barrier at the entry to Paris, c

Discovery of Contreband at the Customs Barrier at the entry to Paris, c
CHT285252 Discovery of Contreband at the Customs Barrier at the entry to Paris, c.1840 (colour litho) by Roubaud, Benjamin (1811-47); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Background imageExcise Collection: Steve Brodies Saloon on the Bowery, Exterior and Interior, Mr Brodie at Work on a Play (b / w photo)

Steve Brodies Saloon on the Bowery, Exterior and Interior, Mr Brodie at Work on a Play (b / w photo)
5215122 Steve Brodies Saloon on the Bowery, Exterior and Interior, Mr Brodie at Work on a Play (b/w photo) by American Photographer

Background imageExcise Collection: The Bostonians Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring and Feathering

The Bostonians Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring and Feathering
479181 The Bostonians Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring and Feathering, 1774 (hand-coloured engraving) by Dawe, Philip (c.1750-85); 37.8 x 27 cm; Gilder Lehrman Collection, New York

Background imageExcise Collection: Ancient ceremony of chopping sticks and counting horse shoes and hobnails in the Court of Excise

Ancient ceremony of chopping sticks and counting horse shoes and hobnails in the Court of Excise (engraving)
608262 Ancient ceremony of chopping sticks and counting horse shoes and hobnails in the Court of Excise (engraving) by English School

Background imageExcise Collection: The Wiltshire Moon-Rakers (colour litho)

The Wiltshire Moon-Rakers (colour litho)
3093506 The Wiltshire Moon-Rakers (colour litho) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Wiltshire Moon-Rakers)

Background imageExcise Collection: Men in Customs and Excise Training Centre

Men in Customs and Excise Training Centre
Men at work in the Customs and Excise Training Centre. 1946

Background imageExcise Collection: Bostonians burning the Stamped Paper (litho)

Bostonians burning the Stamped Paper (litho)
PNP328650 Bostonians burning the Stamped Paper (litho) by American School; Private Collection; (add.info.: As a result of the Stamp Act of 1765; ); Peter Newark Pictures; American, out of copyright

Background imageExcise Collection: John Bull, Baited by the Dogs of Excise, 1790 (coloured engraving)

John Bull, Baited by the Dogs of Excise, 1790 (coloured engraving)
2632302 John Bull, Baited by the Dogs of Excise, 1790 (coloured engraving) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imageExcise Collection: British stamps for America, 1765, pub. in Harpers Magazine in 1876, 1765 (litho)

British stamps for America, 1765, pub. in Harpers Magazine in 1876, 1765 (litho)
PNP328651 British stamps for America, 1765, pub. in Harpers Magazine in 1876, 1765 (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageExcise Collection: Custom-House Officers examining Passengers Luggage from Germany, at Wirballen

Custom-House Officers examining Passengers Luggage from Germany, at Wirballen, on the Russian Frontier (engraving)
1594678 Custom-House Officers examining Passengers Luggage from Germany, at Wirballen, on the Russian Frontier (engraving) by Schonberg

Background imageExcise Collection: Running the Gauntlet of the Customs, An Officer finds his Suspicions confirmed (engraving)

Running the Gauntlet of the Customs, An Officer finds his Suspicions confirmed (engraving)
1038956 Running the Gauntlet of the Customs, An Officer finds his Suspicions confirmed (engraving) by Calkin, Lance (1859-1936); Private Collection; (add.info.: Running the Gauntlet of the Customs)

Background imageExcise Collection: Kenny Meadows: The Exciseman (engraving)

Kenny Meadows: The Exciseman (engraving)
5989559 Kenny Meadows: The Exciseman (engraving) by Meadows, Joseph Kenny (1770-1874) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Exciseman)

Background imageExcise Collection: The Receiver of Taxes, after a woodcut in Praxis Rerum Civilium

The Receiver of Taxes, after a woodcut in Praxis Rerum Civilium
STC214461 The Receiver of Taxes, after a woodcut in Praxis Rerum Civilium by Joos de Damhouder (1507-81) published Antwerp, 1557 (litho) (b/w photo) by Dutch School

Background imageExcise Collection: The first page of a printed copy of the Stamp Act, 1765 (newsprint)

The first page of a printed copy of the Stamp Act, 1765 (newsprint)
PNP328647 The first page of a printed copy of the Stamp Act, 1765 (newsprint) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageExcise Collection: The Bostonians Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring & Feathering, pub. 1774 (engraving)

The Bostonians Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring & Feathering, pub. 1774 (engraving)
2655349 The Bostonians Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring & Feathering, pub. 1774 (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageExcise Collection: Russian Sketches (engraving)

Russian Sketches (engraving)
1589806 Russian Sketches (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Russian Sketches. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 29 December 1877)

Background imageExcise Collection: Interior of the Excise Office, Old Broad Street, City of London, 1810

Interior of the Excise Office, Old Broad Street, City of London, 1810

Background imageExcise Collection: Inner courtyard of the Excise Office, Old Broad Street, City of London, 1800. Artist

Inner courtyard of the Excise Office, Old Broad Street, City of London, 1800. Artist
Inner courtyard of the Excise Office, Old Broad Street, City of London, 1800

Background imageExcise Collection: Interior of Custom House, London, 1808. Artists: Augustus Charles Pugin, Thomas Rowlandson

Interior of Custom House, London, 1808. Artists: Augustus Charles Pugin, Thomas Rowlandson
Interior view of the Long Room, Custom House, London, 1808. From Vintage London by John Betjeman. [William Collins, 1942]

Background imageExcise Collection: Excise, 1838

Excise, 1838. From A Display of the Naval Flags of All Nations. Collected from the Best Authorities. [Fisher, Son, & Co. London, 1838]

Background imageExcise Collection: Bostonians tarring and feathering the Excise man and forcing tea down his throat, Boston Tea Party

Bostonians tarring and feathering the Excise man and forcing tea down his throat, Boston Tea Party
Bostonians tarring and feathering the Excise man and forcing tea down his throat. Boston Tea Party, 16 December 1773. In background tea is being dumped in the harbour. Protest against British rule

Background imageExcise Collection: Illustration by Cecil Aldin, inspector counting hounds

Illustration by Cecil Aldin, inspector counting hounds
Illustration by Cecil Aldin -- an excise officer counting hounds in the days when dog licences were required. Not surprisingly, he is having difficulty counting sixty couples who keep moving around

Background imageExcise Collection: Licence for a mechanically propelled vehicle

Licence for a mechanically propelled vehicle, otherwise known as a road tax disc, issued by Surrey County Council and valid until 31 December 1951

Background imageExcise Collection: Excise Office

Excise Office
The Excise Office in Broad Street. Date: 1830

Background imageExcise Collection: Excise Office Exchange

Excise Office Exchange
Interior of the Excise Office Exchange. Date: 1830s

Background imageExcise Collection: William Hunt, Exciseman

William Hunt, Exciseman
WILLIAM HUNT Supervisor of excise and author of Guide for the Practical Gauger, 1673. Date: 1645 - 1673+

Background imageExcise Collection: The Noble Stand, or the Glorious CCIII Sacred to their Immortal Honour down to posterity, c

The Noble Stand, or the Glorious CCIII Sacred to their Immortal Honour down to posterity, c
XJF867953 The Noble Stand, or the Glorious CCIII Sacred to their Immortal Honour down to posterity, c.1733 (etching) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Robert Walpole)

Background imageExcise Collection: Robins Progress in eight scenes, from his first coming up from Oxford to London

Robins Progress in eight scenes, from his first coming up from Oxford to London
XJF867946 Robins Progress in eight scenes, from his first coming up from Oxford to London to his present situation, 1733 (engraving) by English School

Background imageExcise Collection: The Scheme Disappointed, A Fruitless Sacrifice, circa 1733 (etching)

The Scheme Disappointed, A Fruitless Sacrifice, circa 1733 (etching)
XJF867848 The Scheme Disappointed, A Fruitless Sacrifice, circa 1733 (etching) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: BM 1868, 0808.3559); English, out of copyright

Background imageExcise Collection: Satire on the Excise Bill, 1733 (engraving)

Satire on the Excise Bill, 1733 (engraving)
XJF867843 Satire on the Excise Bill, 1733 (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageExcise Collection: The London Merchants Triumphant, 1733 (engraving)

The London Merchants Triumphant, 1733 (engraving)
XJF863066 The London Merchants Triumphant, 1733 (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Satire on the defeat of the Excise Bill of Robert Walpole)

Background imageExcise Collection: John Bull, baited by the dogs of excise, en sanguine engraving 1790, British satire

John Bull, baited by the dogs of excise, en sanguine engraving 1790, British satire on efforts by William Pitt, George Rose, and some members of Parliament to impose new Excise duties on tobacco (cf)

Background imageExcise Collection: Tollbooth in Lyon is plundered as a result of increased excise duties, 1625, Caspar

Tollbooth in Lyon is plundered as a result of increased excise duties, 1625, Caspar Luyken, Pieter van der Aa (I), 1698

Background imageExcise Collection: William Brodie (d1788) prosperous Edinburgh cabinetmaker. Brodie had secret life

William Brodie (d1788) prosperous Edinburgh cabinetmaker. Brodie had secret life as leader of gang of burglars. Hanged for robbing Excise Office in Edinburgh

Background imageExcise Collection: Excisionase complex with DNA

Excisionase complex with DNA. Molecular model of three excisionase proteins (bottom, purple, green and blue) bound to a strand of DNA (top, deoxyribonucleic acid)

Background imageExcise Collection: Agnews surgical clinic, 1889

Agnews surgical clinic, 1889
Agnews surgical clinic. At left, holding a scalpel, is US surgeon David Hayes Agnew (1818-1892), supervising a partial breast removal operation (mastectomy)

Background imageExcise Collection: Advert for Terrys exerciser for men 1933

Advert for Terrys exerciser for men 1933
Be 21 again this way. You can be as full of vigour to-day as you were at 21. Rut and routine need never grip you. Mornings can find you fresh. Get the urge of the Terry Sculling Exerciser

Background imageExcise Collection: Thomas Hardy Drama Festival, Dorchester

Thomas Hardy Drama Festival, Dorchester
At the Thomas Hardy Drama Festival in Dorchester, Dorset, this scene shows the Excisemen discovering the concealed barrels under an apple tree



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"Excise: A Historical Journey Through Taxation and Customs" In 1939, Terry's exerciser for men took the world by storm with its promise of a fit and healthy physique. This advert showcased the importance of exercise in maintaining a strong body. Meanwhile, French customs officers utilized X-ray technology to detect smuggled goods. Their vigilant efforts ensured that illegal items were intercepted before they could enter the country. Traveling back to the 18th century, we delve into the realm of taxation. Governments imposed excise duties on various commodities as a means to generate revenue. These taxes played a significant role in shaping societies and funding public services. Customs procedures during the 19th century were crucial for regulating trade between nations. The meticulous inspection of goods at borders ensured compliance with import/export regulations while safeguarding national interests. The year 1774 witnessed an infamous event known as "The Bostonians Paying the Exciseman. " In this lithograph, enraged citizens tarred and feathered a tax collector who symbolized British authority imposing unjust taxes on American colonies. Continuing our exploration of this historical incident, another lithograph depicts Boston patriots forcefully pouring British tea onto a tax collector who had suffered tarring and feathering in 1773. This act became an iconic symbol of resistance against oppressive taxation policies. Moving across continents, we encounter Sir Robert Hart in his "Den" at Pekin (now Beijing). As Inspector-General of Chinese Customs during the late 19th century, he revolutionized China's customs administration system through modernization efforts and anti-corruption measures. Journeying further eastward brings us to Japan where we witness sketches from Yokohama's custom-house. This engraving captures bustling scenes depicting international trade activities that shaped Japan's economic growth during that era. Finally, we glimpse into Paris' customs barrier where contreband was discovered – contraband being illicit goods or smuggled items.