Looking Back on the History of Postage Stamps

Stamps are among the most popular collectibles in the world, and stamp collecting itself is remarkably easy to get into. You don’t need a lot of money to start collecting stamps or even an expert knowledge of stamps to build an impressive (and valuable) collection. That being said, if you’re interested in purchasing collectible stamps you might like to know about the history of stamps and why people started collecting stamps in the first place.

The Birth of the Postage Stamp

In 1837, the British Postmaster General introduced the “Post Office Reforms” whereby mail could be sent anywhere in the British Isles at the same rate. The postage was to be paid by the sender, whereas before the addressee was responsible for paying delivery costs upon receipt of the letter. The first government-printed postage stamps were born on May 6, 1840 when the new reforms were approved and enacted.

Stamp Collecting Begins

It didn’t take long after the first stamps were issued for people to start collecting them. However, the motives behind these collections weren’t necessarily for monetary gain. For example, in 1841 a woman placed an advertisement in the London Times in which she requested help collecting stamps to be used for papering a bedroom wall. These stamp collectors were soon known as philatelists, although it would be some time before anyone would realize how valuable stamps could or would become later on.

Whether you’re interested in getting into the “Hobby of the Kings” yourself or you already have a stamp collection and are looking to add to it, Coins of the Realm in Rockville, MD can help. We offer collectible stamps from around the world, including singles, mint sheets, and plate blocks. We also offer stamp appraisals so you can know the value of your stamp collection. To learn more the stamps we sell or to schedule a stamp evaluation, call Coins of the Realm at (301) 340-1640 or contact us online.

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