Monthly Archives: March 2016

A brief guide to postal history

Before the 15th century, the vast majority of letters were simply government official communications or royal communications delivered by official state messengers. Of course, only a small percentage of people were actually literate and knew how to write a letter and read a letter, so most of the letters that we can find today from that period were created by lawyers, judges, priests, merchants and aristocrats. In the 15th century the early origins of the postal network in Great Britain and Europe started and people had to pay a certain fee for receiving letters based on the distance between the sender and receiver and the weight. […]

By | March 20th, 2016|Other|0 Comments

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Penny Red stamp

The Penny Red Stamp is one of the most famous stamps in the world. In order to learn more about this stamp we must focus on the history of the Penny Black stamp and how this led to the Penny Red being created. The first Penny Black stamp was available in the Post Office on May 6th, 1840. This stamp could be cancelled at any post office where the letter was posted with the help of a Maltese cross (which was actually a type of obliterating stamp) form of cancellation. To do this, workers had to use ink based on a red colour so that everyone knew that the stamp couldn’t be used again. The post office workers even got instructions about how to prepare the red ink. They had to mix 1 lb of printer’s red ink, one pint of linseed oil and 0.5 pint of sweet oil’s dropping. The instructions were sent to all post offices on April 25th, 1840. […]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Stamp Info|0 Comments