Alcohol tax stamp dating
So you found a dusty bottle of bourbon on the shelf of the corner store. In fact, some still do for aesthetic purposes, but the key is that they don't have any numbers stamped on them. For some reason, the US, which didn't convert to the metric system on anything else, converted on alcohol volume such that now volume is listed in liters or milliliters.
Beginning in 1980, all bottles were required to use metric measurements. As of 1990, alcohol content had to be listed by percentage of abv (alcohol by volume).
Sometimes you’ll find two different 2-digit dates in the same bottle.(b) The holder of a local distributor's permit shall keep any record required by any rule of the commission or by the Alcoholic Beverage Code for a period of two years on his licensed premises and shall make any such record available to a representative of the commission upon request within a reasonable time.(c) Identification stamps shall be affixed only by the holder of a local distributor's permit to whom such stamps have been issued by the commission.All 100 Proof liquor ("Bottled in Bond") bottled in the USA contains the season and year the liquor was distilled and the season and year the liquor was bottled. Effective September 1, 1977 the "LESS THAN 1/2 PINT" phrase was removed from the ends of the Federal Tax seal strips when the government went to the metric system of measure. 1935-1936 decals were 7/8" square 1-1/2‘ White with Orange state replica shown on tax stamp. 1948 wine mini's had 5/8" x 1 1/8" Red decal stamp with the state in light Red; the state seal is in the upper middle; and "STATE of ILLINOIS" across the top with "1/2 PINT SERIES D" printed in a Red & White circle at the bottom. In 1936 & 1937 decal stamps were Green with Black printing.The words "BUREAU OF AFT" appears on the top left and top right of the seal strip. 1937 tax stamps were 7/8" square 1‘ Orange with Yellow state. 1949 wine mini's had 5/8" x 1" Blue decal stamp with the state in light Purple; the state seal is in the upper right corner; and "STATE of ILLINOIS" across the top with "1/2 PINT SERIES X" printed in a White circle at the bottom. "STATE of INDIANA" is printed in a White box across the top; 6-1/4‘ is in a White circle at bottom left; and an 8 digit serial number is printed in Silver vertically up the stamp.