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Where was the first stamp used?

The first postage “label” or stamp was used in England in May 1840. The Penny Black of 1840 with many marks had been used in Britain to record time and place of receipt, and money paid or owed. A movement for Post Office reform was started by Rowland Hill. This was founded on pre-payment for letters and a standard charge of one penny, regardless of distance. The idea of a sticky stamp was suggested to Hill by Charles Knight. The design was taken from a medallion showing the head of Queen Victoria, designed by William Wyon. These first stamps were printed in sheets of .240. Perforations had not been invented, and the first job of the day for post office clerks was to cut rows of stamps out of the sheets. These Penny Black stamps were in use for 11 months. Of the 68 million printed, six million still survive. They are not rare but collectors like to have a good example of the first stamp issued. 

 

 

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