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December 1, 2002
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Greeting card season has arrived! Why not take time to learn more about that little piece of paper that permits the delivery of goods on time (well, most of the time) – THE STAMP!A Frenchman, Georges …

Greeting card season has arrived! Why not take time to learn more about that little piece of paper that permits the delivery of goods on time (well, most of the time) – THE STAMP!

A Frenchman, Georges Herpin, coined the word philately, meaning study of postage stamps and anything related to postal delivery. It came from the Greek words philos, meaning “love”, and atelia, meaning “that which is tax-free”. (The post is free of charge to the recipient, rendering it “untaxed”.)

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On May 6, 1840, the first adhesive stamp, the “Penny Black” was officially issued without the name of the country of its origin – Great Britain.

Postage stamps in Israel are certified kosher.

A postage stamp placed in the middle at the right edge of the envelope means “Write immediately!”

When placed straight up in the upper left corner means, “Write no more!”

The British Royal Family’s collection is very famous.

Sources: Canada Post, National Archives of Canada, Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, Smithsonian National Postal Museum.


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