National U.S. Postage Stamp Day 2020: National US Postage Stamp Day Important date, History & Facts

National U.S. Postage Stamp Day 2020: National U.S. Postage Stamp Day is celebrated on July 1 to commemorate the existence of Postage Stamps used to send letters and posts, and to recognize the remarkable work of Philatelists. Get the information about the history of postage stamps, facts in this article.

Sheena | Updated Jun 16, 2020 11:51 AM

National U.S. Postage Stamp Day 2020: National US Postage Stamp Day Important date, History & Facts

National U.S. Postage Stamp Day 2020

National U.S. Postage Stamp Day is observed on July 1 to recognize the postal stamp that used to send and receive the mail with utmost simplicity. This day is also celebrated to appreciate the work of all the Philatelists. 
A stamp reflects payment for a letter or a package delivery. On 1 July 1847, the United States issued its first postal stamp. Stamps were not required at that time. A letter could be mailed without the stamp and the receiver has to pay for delivery. Postal stamping became compulsory in 1855. 

What is the history of Postal Stamps?

Henry Bishop, a Postmaster General of England, invented the postmarks. The postmarks were first used in the London General Post Office in 1661, and referred to as the "Bishop's Mark." In 1680, William Dockwra and his partner Robert Murray established the London Penny Post, which delivered letters and small parcels for one penny within the city limits. Confirmation of the paid post has been shown by the use of a hand stamp, and this is widely recognized as the first postal stamp of the world.

Inventing the first modern, adhesive postage stamp is given credit to Sir Rowland Hill of England. He also set uniform postage rates which were weight-based. They were first issued in 1840 at Great Britain's Penny Post, with the Penny Black issue featuring an engraved profile of the head of Queen Victoria. For the next 60 years, that remained on the stamps, and the United Kingdom remains the only country to ignore its name from the postage, instead of using the head of the reigning monarch as identification.

Other countries around the world were soon to adopt the postage stamp and mailing system, each creating its own versions and stamp designs. In 1847 the Department of Postal Office released the first postage stamps in the United States: five and ten cent stamps with the heads of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

What is Philately?

Philately is the study of stamps, post history, postmarks, postcards, and other postal delivery related items. A philatelist is someone who collects and studies postage stamps. 'Philately' comes from the Greek words 'phillo,' which means an attraction to something, and 'ateleia,' which means tax-free.

How to celebrate the National U.S. Postage Stamp Day?

In this digital world, communication between people is all through mobile phones. So, the usage of mail has decreased drastically. On this day, people should use mail to greet their friends and families. 
A handwritten birthday note in an envelope with a postage stamp will bring more happiness to the loved ones than a text message or a post on social media. Let us take this day as an opportunity to write a letter and explore different postages with families and express gratitude towards them through the mail.

National U.S. Postage Stamp Day: Interesting Facts

  • The first stamps were the 5 cents valued red-brown stamp with the image of Benjamin Franklin, the then Postmaster General, and 10 cents valued black stamp depicted with the image of George Washington, the United States' first president

  • American Philatelic Society is Philatelic's largest non-profit foundation in the U.S. It focuses mainly on philatelic and stamp identification and processing along with Philatelic Publications and other related services. 29706 are registered as members including stamp dealers, stamp clubs, societies and individuals as stated by the American Philatelic Society as of the end of 2017

  • Additionally, by awarding Philatelic Society Hall of Fame, the American Philatelic Society honors the contribution of the deceased philatelists. In addition, the Luff Award is awarded for their invincible contribution to the living Philatelists

  • In 1775, Benjamin Franklin was appointed first postmaster general and established there by the post office. The position of "Postmaster General" was included in the Ministry of Cabinet in the year 1829. The postal stamp is incorporated in American History during the period of the civil war when letters are used by the prisoners for communications

  • Inverted Jenny, is one of the most popular postage stamps in the United States today. It is popular because the image of Curtiss JN-4 is depicted wrongly. It was printed in reverse and the mistake was not noticed by the postal clerk at the time of sale because he had not seen any aircraft. He sold nearly 100 erroneous stamps, and nearly all were claimed to be recollected and discarded

When is National Postal Day celebrated in India?

National Postal Day is celebrated on 10 October every year in India. The day commemorates the role played by the Indian postal department for the past 150 years. Indian postal celebrated as an extension of World Post Day, which is celebrated on 9 October. The mailing services were introduced in India by the British. Indian postal service is an integral part of India. The postal services in India have given the best performance despite the diversity in culture, tradition, and difficult geographical terrains. 

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National U.S. Postage Stamp Day - FAQ

1. What was the first US postage stamp?

The first US postage stamp was five and ten cent stamps with the heads of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington issued in 1857.

2. What was the most popular stamp in US history?

The most popular commemorative stamp issued by the USPS (in terms of a number saved, not sold), is the Elvis stamp issued in 1993. More than 124 million colorful 29-cent stamps featuring the famous singer have been saved, almost half the number of the next most popular, Wonders of America, released in 2006.

3. Which country issued the first postage stamp?

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was the first country that issued the postage stamp in 1840. Inventing the first modern, adhesive postage stamp is given credit to Sir Rowland Hill of England.

4. What is the oldest stamp?

The Penny Black was the first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system from all over the world. It was first issued in the United Kingdom on 1 May 1840. The stamp has a Queen Victoria image.