Board Member Kevin Ritchie
528 Tatato Trail
Frankfort, KY 40601
History of Postage Stamps 
While thinking about a different type of article for this newsletter, I thought where did the stamp come from? We see them every day and on January 21, 2018 the price to mail a first class letter rises to 50 cents. So in research of stamps, I found that the Postal Service actually has some great facts on stamp history. The following are excerpts from the USPS website.
The U.S. Post Office Department issued its first postage stamps on July 1, 1847. Clerks used scissors to cut the stamps from pregummed, nonperforated sheets.
George Washington has appeared on more U.S. postage stamps than any other person.
Over the years, commemorative stamps have been produced in many sizes and shapes, with the first triangular postage stamp issued in 1997 and the first round stamp in 2000.
The first stamp honoring an American woman was the eight-cent Martha Washington stamp of 1902. The first to honor a Hispanic American was the one-dollar Admiral David Farragut stamp in 1903. Native Americans were portrayed in a general way on several earlier stamps, but the first to feature a specific individual was 1907’s five-cent stamp honoring Pocahontas. In 1940, a ten-cent stamp commemorating Booker T. Washington became the first to honor an African American. Other firsts include the 1993 29-cent stamp featuring Elvis Presley. The public was invited to vote for the “younger” or the “older” Elvis for the stamp’s design. Youth triumphed, and this has become the best-selling U.S. commemorative stamp to date.
Can you believe that Forever stamps have been around for over 10 years? On April 12, 2007, the Postal Service issued its first Forever stamp, a nondenomatiom, non-expiring stamp intended for customers mailing a piece of First-Class Mail. The above information was taken from USPS website about stamps and postcards.
Kevin Ritchie, Board Member