United States revenue stamps for the motor vehicle use tax were used from February 1942 through June 1946. During World War II, there were serious wartime shortages, including gasoline. The US government imposed the motor vehicle use tax to encourage people to use public transportation and to help pay for the war efforts. The cost for these stamps were 42 cents per month or $5 per year. These stamps were placed on the inside windshield as evidence of the payment of such tax. These stamps were expensive considering the national minimal wage was 52 cents per hour.
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