On July 1st, National US 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.
The United States issued its first postage stamp 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.
While the digital age may have slowed the flow of snail mail, it doesn’t reduce the excitement associated with receiving a letter or a card in the mail. A handwritten note in an envelope with a postage stamp in the corner holds so much more charm than most of the emails people receive. A colorful postcard from an exotic location or missive with crayon-drawn artwork improves one’s day when it comes delivered by a familiar postal worker.
Birthday wishes that come via text message or social media are one thing, but an unexpected delivery through the mail in a bright envelope brings more smiles than all the likes in the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE US POSTAGE STAMP DAY
Put a stamp on it! Celebrate the day by mailing a letter or postcard to someone you know. Visit the Classroom Pages for a variety of postcards you can download and print. You can also start a stamp collection. If you’re creative, design your own stamp. Post your designs and collections on social media using #USPostageStampDay.
If you mail or ship packages frequently these Digital Scales can help you with more accurate shipping costs.
NATIONAL US POSTAGE STAMP DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National U.S. Postage Stamp Day.
US Postage Stamp FAQ
Q. What were the first images on the first postage stamps?
A. Two postage stamps went on sale on July 1, 1847. These first official U.S. postage stamps depicted Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.
Q. What is the cost of a single, first-class postage stamp in the United States?
A. A single, first-class stamp in the United States as of August of 2021 is 58. This stamp will mail a single piece of mail weighing one ounce or less.
Q. Do postage stamps expire?
A. No. But if the stamp’s value is less than the cost to mail the package or letter, you will need to include additional postage.