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February 9 :: Stamps

Posted on by Rebecca Green

STAMPS = Little tiny stickers adorned with art which stand for money in mailing things to people you love. Everyday Magic Indeed. Here's a little history of our magical money note:

In 1837 Sir Rowland Hill, the British Postmaster General, introduced the "Post Office Reforms" whereby the mail could go anywhere in the British Isles at the same rate (a penny a half-ounce); the postage was to be paid by the sender -- not the addressee; and payment was receipted by placing a small piece of colored paper on the outside of the letter -- THE STAMP! Of course Hill's proposal was heavily debated for a few years, but after serious discussion the change was enacted and instituted in 1840. Thus on May 6, 1840 (first date of valid use) the first government-printed postage stamps were born.  - The American Philatelic Society

At an estate sale, I found a stamp collection book filled with tons of collectors stamps from the 40's and 50's. It was a dream find and the best $3 I ever spent. The woman who collected these labeled and numbered each of them in very child like handwriting. Wait. Maybe it was a child. I don't know! Anyway it's one of my treasured finds. I did a couple of paintings of the stamps this summer because I love them so much. 

Today's Friends of Flow Pinterest Post is dedicated to stamps! Happy Pinning! 

xoxo