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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
, 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.…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The Government of Barbados issued a limited edition series of postage stamps featuring centenarians and super-centenarians, in 2016. mymodernmet.com/centenari…
The country of Togo printed a postage stamp with a photo of an actress portraying Marie Curie, thinking it was actually Marie Curie popsci.com/article/scienc…
UPS does not allow shipments of postage stamps and shark fins. ups.com/us/en/help-center…
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…
Netflix spends 20 times more on postage than bandwidth digitalsociety.org/2011/0…
In protest of communism, the Republic of Abkhazia issued postage stamps featuring the faces of John Lennon and Groucho Marx (instead of Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Prior to 1920 some adults successfully mailed their children - with postage affixed to clothing - via the USPS. The theory was that children were under the 50 lb. weight limit, and that it was a lot cheaper to mail them than to pay rail fares. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai…
The United Kingdom remains the only country to omit its name on postage stamps, using the reigning monarch’s head as country identification. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified Kosher jewishfederations.org/pag…
Iran released a postage stamp to commemorate the disastrous US missile strike against a commercial airliner in 1988
Canadian citizens can send mail to various government offices postage free canadapost.ca/tools/pg/ma…
Today I learned about operation 'Postage able' Where scouts collected soil samples in condoms to make sure that the allies wouldn't get stuck when invading Normandy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
That a postage stamp sized piece of circumcised foreskin can grow to cover 3 basketball courts tribesports.com/infograph…
Before stamps were popularized in the 1840s, recipient paid postage & so "spamming" was quite costly uspcs.org/the-stampless-m…
A single standard postage stamp contains around 5.9 calories and Special or Commemorative stamps can have up to 14.5 calories. theguardian.com/notesandq…
The Order of the Knights of Malta is a centuries-old sovereign entity, based out of Rome, having more than 13,500 knights and dames, its own military, postage stamps, passports, and currency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
Houdini's U.S. postage stamp contains a hidden image stampsofdistinction.com/2…
Postage stamps were once used to test for nocturnal erections in evaluating male impotence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The Apollo 15 astronauts were grounded for selling sheets of commemorative postage stamps that they took to the moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
A micronation called West Who exists in California, complete with its own currency and postage. westwho.com/
Postage Stamps were introduced as a means to solve problems in recovering mailing costs, Prior to their introduction mail recipients were responsible to cover postage fees which created a problem when they were unable or unwilling to pay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
In 1941 the US Post Office Department delivered more than $9 billion in gold bullion over the course of 6 months using 45 specially guarded trains and made $1.8 million in postage and fees since the gold was sent by registered mail. postalinspectors.uspis.go…
Members of Congress can use their signature as postage, but the President cannot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In 1972 Bhutan produced "record stamps," playable on phonographs and fully functional / legal as postage wfmu.org/MACrec/allbhut.h…
The Pitcairn Island's (with a population of 48) major source of revenue is collect-able postage stamps cia.gov/library/publicati…
The postage stamp of The Statue of Liberty depicts not the real statue in New York, but the replica in Las Vegas. nytimes.com/2011/04/15/us…
Arthur Conan Doyle created a postage-stamp-sized book containing a special 503-word Sherlock Holmes story for inclusion in a doll's house for Queen Mary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
There were postage stamps that you could play on a phonograph. linns.com/howto/refresher…
USPS will mail a rose with an address and the appropriate postage attached, and other peculiar items.... improb.com/airchives/pape…
A Calvin & Hobbes postage stamp will be issued in July 2010 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
There's a pair of postage stamp robbers in Sydney that have robbed more than 20 post offices and have to been on the loose for two years. abc.net.au/news/2015-05-0…
It's illegal to put anything without postage (flyers, pamphlets, etc.) into someone else's mailbox law.cornell.edu/uscode/18…
In 1915 6-year-old Edna Neff was mailed from her mother’s home in Pensacola, Florida to her father’s in Christiansburg, Virginia they paid 15 cents postage. uselessinformation.org/pa…
Sir Rowland Hill's idea of the adhesive postage stamp was denounced as "Wild and visionary schemes." by Postmaster Lord Lichfield in the House of Lords. Prior to 1839, the number of letters sent was 76 million. By 1850 this volume increased five-fold to 350 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
We now have sticker postage stamps instead of lick-able ones because of the first Iraq war. nytimes.com/1997/09/18/us…
The glue on all Israeli postage stamps is certified Kosher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The post office once used the Las Vegas statue of liberty for a postage stamp by mistake. The sculptor of the replica then sued the Post Office for copyright infringement. nypost.com/2013/12/03/scu…
"[t]he glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher." jewishfederations.org/pag…
The Penny Black, first postage stamp ever made, is not that rare, or worth much in many cases pennyblackstamp.co.uk/pen…
A "killer" in philately (study of postage stamps) is a term used to describe heavy markings that cancel postage. Also known as obliterators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
People used to write letters with two sets of text overlapping each other at right angles to save on paper and postage costs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Bruce Conde gave up his US citizenship to sell postage stamps for the government of Yemen. He became a General in the Yemen civil war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
If you visit the US Post office on the Hawaiian island Moloka'i, you can get a free coconut to decorate and mail. (You have to pay the postage.) fodors.com/world/north-am…
Square cards require 20 cents additional postage support.snapfish.com/app/…
Citi's analysts rated Netflix a sell and blockbuster a buy in 2007 because the postal service was considering raising Netflix's postage by 17 cents zdnet.com/blog/btl/u-s-po…
The adhesive on Israeli postage is certified kosher en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
The main export of Ascension Island is their postage stamps. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
San Marino, a sovereign republic in the heart of Italy, derives most of its income from the sale of postage stamps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Henry Bishop introduced the world's first known postmark that takes his name in 1661. The "Bishop Mark" was designed to show the date on which a letter was received by the post and to ensure that the dispatch of letters would not be delayed. These were the world's first handstruck postage stamps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Aside from a US postage stamp, Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, has licensed virtually no C&H merchandise. ignatz.brinkster.net/cite…
In New Zealand, individuals writing to a Member of Parliament (or to all 122 Members at once) can do so without paying for postage. parliament.nz/en-NZ/About…
A man's impotence is organic or psychogenic. If psychogenic, nighttime erections still occur and doctors can do a "postage stamp test" where stamps connected by perforations are secured around the penis prior to sleep. If the perforations are torn upon awakening, it’s psychogenic impotence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…

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