The USSR was the first country to put Scotland's national poet Robert Burns on a postage stamp, in 1956 to commemorate the 160th year since his death. colnect.com/en/stamps/sta…
Henry Bessemer, the engineer largely credited with the invention of modern steel, also invented or contributed to embossed postage stamps, long sheets of plate glass, military weapons, and a method for extracting sugar from sugar cane. He eventually earned nearly 130 patents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The is no official place called the British Virgin Islands; they are just the "Virgin Islands". Many authorities on the island (including the tourist board and electricity company) as well as postage stamps and Wikipedia use "British" to avoid confusion with the American Virgin Islands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
It's actually illegal for companies like FedEx to ship "non-urgent" letters unless the customer pays at least six times the value of USPS postage. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Angus McDonagh designed and printed his own fake postage stamps, with images of himself wearing an eye patch, a beret and a Father Christmas beard. He successfully used them to post over 100 letters. stampcircuit.com/Magazine…
Before the invention of postage stamps, the recipient of a letter or package had to pay the postage when they received it, essentially buying their incoming mail from the postal service en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Today I learned that placing any items (which are not USPS letters with proper postage paid) in a mailbox is a federal crime in the USA about.usps.com/news/state…
Since 1864, the British Royal Family has maintained one of the world's largest collections of postage stamps, with King George V once setting a record when he paid Β£1,450 for a single stamp en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned about the Yellow Fleet. During the Israel-Egypt 6-Day-War, a group of 15 ships was trapped in a war-zone for 8 years (1967-1975) in the Suez Canal. While trapped the crews met regularly, socialized & founded an association for mutual support. They even issued postage stamps recognized worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
In 2010, the Royal Mail turned 10 classic British albums into postage stamps, including albums by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Blur. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Today I learned of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, with only two citizens, it has been described as the smallest sovereign state in the world. It has Observer Status at the UN and has its own currency, passports, and postage stamps. It claims continuity from a crusader order over 900 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
, if an animal on a Malaysian postage stamp is nocturnal, it's eyes will glow. darkroastedblend.com/2010…
That, to save money on postage, some letter writers in the 19th century turned their paper 90 degrees to continue the correspondence. Examples are called crossed letters and the technique is called cross-hatching or cross-writing. siarchives.si.edu/blog/wr…
In 2013 Belgium printed half a million postage stamps that smelled and tasted like chocolate as a celebration of the country’s chocolatiers. bbc.com/news/av/magazine-…
When the Hope Diamond was sent to the Smithsonian, it was sent through U.S. Mail in a box wrapped in brown paper as simple registered mail with $2.44 postage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop…
In 1930, Spain printed a series of postage stamps featuring Goya's "Naked Maja" painting. The United States refused all mail sent with this stamp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
One of the most well known Presidents of the USA, Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt, was against putting "In God We Trust" on currency, saying it would "... cheapen such a motto by use on coins, postage stamps, or ads" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Since Britain was the first country to issue prepaid postage stamps, British stamps are the only stamps that do not bear the name of the country of issue on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
A man handmade his own postage stamps featuring his face for years to mail letters all over the world, and was never found out. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Most UN Member States participate in some version of the Cecogram program, where letters or parcels that contains documents or items intended for visually impaired persons can be sent without having to pay for postage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
San Marino lays claim to be the oldest extant sovereign state as well as the oldest constitutional republic. It is only 61 sq.km in size, and generates 10% of its revenue from postage stamps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned of the Knights of Malta, a sovereign entity (part of the U.N. General Assembly) with 13,500 knights, 40,000 doctors and a further 80,000 volunteers. They have only 2 official citizens, but they still issue passports, coins and postage stamps despite having no physical land or territory wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovere…
Van goh didn’t think starry night was very good. When he decided to hold back three paintings from shipping to his brother in order to save money on postage, The Starry Night was one of the paintings he didn't send wikipedia.org/wiki/The_St…
In 1914, to save money on train fare, May Pierstorff's parents paid the 53Β’ postage, and mailed the 5-year old to her grandparents for a visit. She rode the whole way in the mail car, and was delivered to her grandparents' house by the mail clerk on duty. postalmuseum.si.edu/exhib…
The UK is the only country not required to name itself on its postage stamps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
In the early days of the Post Office, people would continue writing text on the same page at 90 degrees to the original text to reduce expensive postage costs. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
Postage stamps weren't always prepaid. Some of the first post offices in the 1840s made recipients pay for their mail, and only if they came to pick it up. This led to postage going unpaid, a decrease in revenue, and the creation of federal postage stamps. postalmuseum.si.edu/resea…
It's estimated that 10% of San Marino's revenue is generated by the sale of its postage stamps to international collectors. The government of San Marino has the world's only philatelic minister of state, Simone Celli. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The crew of the Apollo 15 moon mission took 398 unauthorised postage stamp covers to the moon with them, with the intention of selling 100 of them to a German stamp dealer who provided them. When discovered, NASA re-assigned all the astronauts involved to non-flight roles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
, the postage stamp of The Statue of Liberty depicts not the real statue in New York, but the replica in Las Vegas linns.com/Liberty_042511.…
Before the invention of postage stamps, the recipient of a letter or package had to pay the postage when they received it, effectively buying their incoming mail from the postal service en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The crew of Apollo 15 sneaked over 398 postage stamps to the moon without authorization, planning to sell them as souveneirs upon their return, the stamps were confiscated and massive embarrassment ensued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
North Korea issued a series of postage stamps featuring Prince Charles and Princess Diana. There were even celebrations in North Korea when the two were married. ibtimes.co.uk/princess-di…
A current US president makes about 400k a year while in office, and then about 200k for the rest of their life, plus about 100k for office staff. And free postage forever. senate.gov/reference/reso…
Today I learned of the Treskilling Yellow. It is a Swedish postage stamp, one of the rarest stamps in the whole world. Because of how rare it is, it is to be worth more than $3.14 million U.S. dollars. china.org.cn/top10/2012-0…
American presidential widows are entitled to secret service protection and the ability to mail letters without postage until they remarry or die en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
A Canadian couple claimed exemption from taxes, on the grounds that affixing postage stamps to their clothing made them equivalent to royalty digitaljournal.com/articl…
A postage stamp depicting the a Statue of Liberty was once released but used a photo of the Las Vegas Replica at the New York, New York Casino instead reuters.com/article/uk-us…
In the 1800's to save on paper and postage costs, letter writers would write in "crosshatched" style. Text would be written in two different directions on the same page. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Floreana, part of the Galapagos Islands, began using a barrel as a post office for passing whalers to drop off/pick up mail to deliver to their home ports. The method is still in use today with tourists, no postage is collected and traditionally hand-delivery is the preferred method. nationalgeographic.com/tr…
Postage DOES go down in price occasionally, three times in fact, in 2016, 1919, and the once during the Civil War. money.cnn.com/2016/04/08/…
The United Kingdom is the only country that does not identify itself by name on postage stamps because the postage stamp was invented in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Theodore Roosevelt vocally disapproved of putting "In God We Trust" on US currency, saying "It seems to me eminently unwise to cheapen such a motto by use on coins, just as it would be to cheapen it by use on postage stamps, or in advertisements." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
If you try to get back at a junk-mail firm by taping their Business Reply Mail card to a brick to make them pay extra for postage, the post office won't deliver it and will just throw it out straightdope.com/columns/…
Today I learned about Γ…land Islands that has its own flag, postage stamps and considered to be a separate 'nation' for radio even though it is an autonomous, demilitarised region in Finland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
The economy of the Vatican City is supported by financial contributions, the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
Former US Presidents and First Ladies receive free postage for life work.chron.com/much-us-pr…
Only one man was authorized to take official photos of Adolph Hitler. At the photographer's suggestion, he and Hitler received royalties from any use of the photos...even from postage stamps. This made the photographer a millionaire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Netflix spends 20 times more on postage than bandwidth digitalsociety.org/2011/0…
Ernest Hemingway's brother founded a nation off the coast of Jamaica that consisted of a raft and 7 citizens. It had currency, postage, and a constitution. listofmicronations.com/lo…

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