What goes around the world but stays in a corner?…A Stamp!
Stamps have a unique history of their very own.
Before the use of adhesive paper stamps, letters were hand stamped or postmarked with ink. Postmarks were the invention of Henry Bishop and were at first called ‘Bishop mark’ after the inventor. Bishop marks were first used in 1661 at the London General Post Office. They marked the day and month the letter was mailed.
The First Modern Postage Stamp – Penny Black
The first issued postage stamp began with Great Britain’s Penny Post. On May 6, 1840, the British Penny Black stamp was released. The Penny Black was engraved the profile of Queen Victoria’s head, who remained on all British stamps for the next sixty years. Rowland Hill created the first stamp.
Rowland Hill Invents Adhesive Postage Stamps
Now here is your opportunity to design your very own stamp. Teachers, this is great learning tool when teaching the history of stamps and or US Postal Service.
Have fun and get creative! Click the image to download the stamp template.