- The United Kingdom is the only country that doesn\’t have its name on its stamps. (Usually they have the monarch\’s head.)
- Before 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.
- In 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.
- For 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.