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The History of Postage Stamps

The History Of Postage Stamps

The history of postage stamps is a long and yet beautiful story. This story begins back in the day when adhesive paper stamps were not yet invented. Back then letters were postmarked with ink and hand-stamp made from wood or cork. Postmarking was an invention of Henry Bishop, and at first, it was known as ‘Bishop mark.’ It was first used in London by the General Post Office back in 1661.

The hand-stamps was used to verify payment of postage and also marked the day and month the letter was mailed. This means that letters were being sent without the need to use stamps. Envelopes did not exist or used. This is because envelopes were deemed as an extra sheet of paper that made the overall cost of sending letter more expensive.

To send a letter, you only had to fold it shut, and then the person receiving the letter was required to pay for the delivery fees. However, because back then the delivery cost was too high, many people declined accepting letters. Others came up with a way to send information without paying. These people would write a secret code that explained the message and after the recipient reading the message; they would decline to accept the letter to avoid paying for it.

This is when the postal services come up with the system where postage had to be paid first. This is the time when senders had to pay all fees related to posting a letter.

The Penny Black

The first postage stamp was called Penny Black, and it was validated or released on 6th May 1840. Queen Victoria’s head was the engraving of the stamp and remained in use for the next 60 years.

How Did Penny Black Come To Be, and Why Penny Black?

Well, penny black came to be, because of Rowland Hill and the postal Reforms. Back in 1835, Rowland Hill; who was an English teacher, headmaster, inventor, and social reformer campaigned for postal reforms. He advocated for uniformed penny post, because back then postage rates were based on weight rather than the size.

In 1837, he created the original adhesive postage stamp, and this marked the beginning of adhesive postage stamps. Because of this, he was knighted. The stamp he invented was issued in 1840 in England. This made postal pre-payment services cheap, affordable, and practical.

The name penny black came about because of two factors; the cost and print. When Sir Rowland Hill designed the postage stamp, it only cost one penny. On the other hand, the stamp was published in black. For this reason, the postage stamp became to be known as Penny Black, which is the world’s very prime postage stamp.

After Penny Black was validated on 6th May 1840, the Two Penny Blue stamp was released to the public on 8th May 1840 (which was two days after the release of Penny Black). It also had Queen Victoria’s head engraving. Remember, both stamps were not perforated, because at the time they were separated by a cutting device. For more information on where to buy stamps please visit our website. 


A Guide to Where You Can Buy Stamps

Where Can I Purchase A Stamp? – Here Are Your Options

Stamps are available for purchase at many different places. You can even buy them online. If you don’t print your postage labels, however, you’re going to be waiting for the actual stamps to be shipped to you. That is certainly convenient though if you are buying them ahead of time. It would save you a trip to the nearest place that sells stamps, and that is open for business.

One of the most typical places that people buy stamps is, of course, the post office. Just the other day, I was back in the post office, and the line was out the door. I mean, had I needed to buy stamps, I could have been standing in line for over 30 minutes. I’ve been there and done that, have you?

We have to be patient and remember what it’s like to do business in person. The digital age has us all in a rush. Standing in line for 30 minutes to buy stamps does seem like a little much. Thankfully, there should also be a kiosk available at your post office, and it should have stamps that you can buy. That can be very helpful, and there should be other places that you can go to buy stamps, too.

Every city is different, but one of the first places you might want to check is your local grocery store. That is the last place I went to purchase stamps. The book I purchased there is going to last me for quite some time. When I say a book, I am of course talking about a small sheet of stamps, front and back, and I believe it has ten stamps.

How often do you use stamps? While most people don’t use them near as often as they used to, they still are necessary from time to time and come in handy. Where else can you buy them? Two notable pharmacy stores often sell them, and you might want to check there, too. Plus you can sometimes find them available for purchase at local gas stations as well.

You might even discover that other places in your city sell stamps. Of course, you don’t want to go driving around to ask. That’s why you came here, and now you know some more possible choices. The kiosk at the post office should normally be up and running, but I have seen it down before at my branch. And maybe the post office isn’t the closest place to you.

Maybe you plan to ask if the grocery store has stamps next time you buy some food. Or perhaps you are considering that online purchase ahead of time. Buying things online sure is convenient, and it’s an option when it comes to stamps. You’re going to find quite the large selection. If you plan to purchase stamps right now, maybe it’s worth a look. You wouldn’t even have to go anywhere to make your purchase.


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