The very first Christmas stamps

About two centuries ago, sending mail was free for the sender because in order to receive the mail, the receiver had to pay a small amount of money. However, this practice led to serious problems in post offices because there were many recipients that didn’t want to take their mail. That’s why, Rowland Hill, an English schoolmaster, suggested the use of stamps. The first stamps became available in 1840. There were actually two types of stamps – the blue stamps that were worth two pence and the black stamp worth one penny. They both featured Queen Victoria. Thirty years later, the British Post Office introduced the half penny stamp used exclusively for sending cards (Christmas cards were invented in 1843). What is interesting to point out is that people had to use scissors in the postal office in order to separate stamps in case they needed one or two stamps (they didn’t have to buy a whole stamp sheet). In 1854, the British Post Office introduced perforated stamps which simplified the process considerably. […]