evolution of stamps

The term Philatelist was coined, derived from the Greek – meaning a lover of untaxed entity

In the history of the free exchange of ideas, this quiet revolution of stamps is perhaps equalled only by the telephone and the current boom of the internet. The postage stamp, like all the best inventions throughout history, originated as an ingeniously simple and efficient solution to various problems that had long proved costly. Before its advent, deliveries were paid for by the recipient, meaning that if said recipient neither could nor wanted to pay the fee, the letter was simply taken away and disposed of. On the 6th May 1840 when Penny Black stamps and Two Penny Blue stamps were officially issued along with an envelope that had the postage rate pre-stamped on it

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World’s Most Valuable Stamp, The Mona Lisa 1856, sold for $9.5 million on june 18 2014

evolution & culture – project stamps 2014