July 2015

This Day in History… July 1, 1847

First U.S. Postage Stamp Goes on Sale

U.S. #1

How fitting – our first ever This Day in History post honors the event that started our great hobby!

Some of the earliest U.S. stamps were postmaster provisionals. But in 1847 the U.S. Post Office Department decided to try issuing its own stamps.

Postal rates were determined by the weight and distance letters were mailed. Letters traveling 300 miles or less were 5¢ per half ounce, while those mailed over 300 miles were 10¢ per half ounce. Postage could be paid by the sender or addressee. Continue reading

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