Proof of payment for articles sent through a postal system.

The first postage stamps were used  in 1653 by Monsieur de Velayer who ran a small post office in France. His stamps were, in fact, small pieces of paper with the phrase “receipt for the payment of transport" attached to the mailed article. In 1814 the Sardinian postal service took up the idea of issuing receipts attached to the mail, but neither of these applications lasted very long.

On May 6th, 1840 the use of adhesive pre-paid receipts began in the way we think of it today, when the English postal service issued the Penny Black stamp and the Twopenny Blue stamps with the portrait of Queen Victoria.

 

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