Postal History

Like most of the rest of the world, mail in New Zealand did not require prepayment until the mid 19th century.  The New Zealand Gazette gave notice in a proclamation published on January 8, 1851, that on April 1, 1851, prepayment of postage would become ma
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The first stamp attributed to Guatemala was a fraud perpetrated by a Mr. J. Holland in 1867.  He represented himself as an agent of the government and ordered some 5 centavo stamps from a Boston dealer Samuel Allan Taylor (a.k.a. Don Alberto de Bario), eng
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The first stamp issued by the then new Republic of Cuba was the 1¢ surcharge on the U. S. Bureau-printed 3¢ purple with the allegorical figure representative of "Cuba," Scott's No. 232.  This surcharge was done in Cuba.  The last U. S. issue for Cuba was t
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Finland came under Russian control after a short war with Sweden in 1809.  The Russian Czars ruled Finland until 1917. Little is known of early Finnish postal history; however, in 1845 stamped envelopes in 5 and 10 kopeck values were introduced.  After fiv
rtvstamps · 298 days ago

What many well the closest thing to a perfect crime was perpetrated in Great Britain's Stock Exchange Telegraph Office in 1872-1873, and wasn't discovered for 26 years!!!.  The crime involves a Clever Forgery of the then-current One Shilling green, Scott #
rtvstamps · 301 days ago

During the Mid-1800's, the United States Post Office Department began losing a greater and greater share of Mail Delivery to Private Express Companies.  In March 1845 the "USPOD" was given a monopoly on letters, but this did not affect the Delivery of News
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On the 26th of March, 1850, the Austrian Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a decree authorizing issuance of stamps.  The postal rates were simple: 1 loth (1/3 oz) letters were 2 kreuzer for letters delivered in the district of posting; 3 kreuzer for
rtvstamps · 306 days ago

The Treaty of Berlin which concluded the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, changed the status of Bulgaria from province of Turkey to principality under the suzerainty of Turkey (get someone else to explain those distinctions to you!).  Since Turkish stamps had
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A Bahamian island was one of the West Indian islands on which Columbus landed. The Bahamas were included in a grant made to Sir Robert Heath by King Charles I. However, only a few settlers arrived from England and Bermuda. In 1783, after a brief period of
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Barbados' First Stamps Barbados was one of the first British Colonies to inaugurate postal arrangements.  Almost as soon as the original settlement took place in 1624, mail service with England was organized.  Early mails were irregular but by the 1700s s
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