Sir Rowland Hill & the Birth of the Pre-Paid Postage Stamp

May 6, 1840, is a date well known to most philatelists and stamp collectors. It was on this day that the world’s first pre-paid adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system was officially released. This was a one-penny stamp printed in black ink with an elegant engraving of the young Queen Victoria (whose 21st birthday was celebrated that month). Released by Great Britain, … Continue reading Sir Rowland Hill & the Birth of the Pre-Paid Postage Stamp