FIRST U.S. POSTAGE STAMPS ISSUED IN 1847

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The Post Office Department issued its first postage stamps
on July 1, 1847.


Initial United States postage rates were set by
Congress as part
of the
Postal Service Act
signed into law by President George Washington on February 20, 1792. The postal rate varied according
to "distance
 zone", the distance a letter was to be carried from the
post office
where it entered the mail to its final destination.

Rates were adopted in 1847 for mail to or from the Pacific Coast
and in 1848 for mail sent from one place in the west to another
place in the west. There were double and triple rates as a letter’s
size increased. There were ship fees which were also added
(i.e. mail to Hawaii). The ship fee, including the ship rate on letters
for delivery at the port of entry, were on a per letter basis, rather
than weight. The United States issued its first postage stamps in
1847. Before that time, the rates, dates and origin of the letter
were written by hand or sometimes in combination with a
handstamp device.

George Washington has appeared on more U.S. postage stamps
than any other person.

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