- The first Commonwealth Country to issue a stamp specifically for postage on Christmas greetings cards was Australia in 1957.
- The first stamps issued specifically for postage on Christmas greeting cards appeared in Austria in December 1937.
- The first stamp to be issued, in England on 6 May 1840, was the Penny Black. It\’s called the Penny Black because it cost a penny, and it was black. The face on the stamp is Queen Victoria, who was Queen at that time. Just because a stamp is old doesn\’t necessarily make it valuable. The Penny Black is not rare – 68 million of them were printed – but if you had one in excellent condition it could be worth well over £1000.
- The first stamps to bear the date of their production were the \’Tigers\’ of Afghanistan, which bore Moslem dates.
- Since 1935 Canadian stamps have had the date of their production concealed in tiny numerals in the design.