The Story of the First Postage Stamp
By Jimmy Stamp
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Postage can reveal more than the history of a letter, it can reveal the history of a nation. As noted by the National Postal Museum, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, “every stamp tells a story”—and, I might add, it sometimes tells how the story should be told.
“Penny Black” is the first postage stamp issued in Britain and, more importantly, the first postage stamp issued anywhere. The Penny Black bears the image of Queen Victoria, but the first British postal service did not originate in Victorian England. So where did it?
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