Interesting Facts about Stamps

By Anurag

  • \"royalThe United Kingdom is the only country that doesn\’t have its name on its stamps. (Usually they have the monarch\’s head.)
  • \"sirBefore stamps were invented, the person who received the letter was charged by the number of pages, and also by the distance the letter had travelled. An Englishman called Rowland Hill came up with the idea of pre-paying for postage with \’postage stamps\’. Today stamps just seem like common sense, but the Postmaster General at the time complained, \’Of all the wild schemes I have ever heard of, this is the most extraordinary\’! However, Hill\’s idea was adopted and other countries soon started to issue stamps.
  • \"australiaIn 1932 a gang of three men operating a racket in bogus sweepstake tickets forged quantities of the 2d George V red and 2d Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps, using the former to mail out circulars. An Adelaide philatelist detected the forgery and notified police, who arrested all three men and seized 60,000 forged stamps.
  • \"australiaFor most, Australian philately proper begins on 2 January 1913 with the issue of a red 1d (one penny) Kangaroo and Map, the design of which was adopted in part from the entry that won the Stamp Design Competition. This was the first definitive stamp with the sole nomenclature “Australia”.The first airmail stationery, consisting of postcards and letter sheets, was produced in Paris for carriage by balloon in 1870.
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2 Responses to Interesting Facts about Stamps

  1. Sudhir Jain says:

    Very interesting. Please continue in next issues.

  2. I am not sure where you are getting your info, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.

    Thanks for wonderful information I was looking for this information for my mission.

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