NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY – July 1st 2016


National U.S. Postage Stamp Day July 1

NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY

On July 1, National U.S. Postage Stamp Day recognizes the ease and simplicity with which we can send and receive mail.  A stamp represents payment for the delivery of a letter or a package.

A stamp represents payment for the delivery of a letter or a package. The first postage stamp in the United States was issued on July 1, 1847. At that time, stamps were not required.  A letter could be mailed without a stamp and delivery paid for by the recipient.  In 1855, the postage stamp became mandatory.

Philately is the study of stamps and postal history.  Stamps often have a fascinating history.  Everything from the inspiration and the artist to the postal rate in a given year affects the value of a stamp.  Collectors look at quality and rarity as well.  When we consider how few letters are mailed in this technological era, modern stamps may be the most collectable stamp of the future.

HOW TO OBSERVE

To celebrate, go to http://www.eduplace.com/activity/pdf/stamp.pdf and design your own stamp. Consider writing a letter, putting it in an envelope and putting a stamp on it. Post on social media using #USPostageStampDay.

HISTORY

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