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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
rtvstamps · 264 days ago

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
rtvstamps · 288 days ago

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
rtvstamps · 294 days ago

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

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
rtvstamps · 309 days ago

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
rtvstamps · 311 days ago

The first issue of Brazil - the Bullseye, so nicknamed from the design's resemblance - comes fourth chronologically in order of issue of adhesive postage stamps. First, in 1840, came the Penny Black and two-pence Blue of Great Britain; in 1842 came the New
rtvstamps · 328 days ago

My previous look at a set of North Korean stamps, raised an issue of finding genuinely used stamps from North Korea.  It got me thinking that I have a ton of CTO stuff but haven't seen much that has gone through the mail.  Then I came across the following
alynstampcollector · 570 days ago