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  • Postage stamps and postal history of the United States


    Postage stamp of 1895 The history of postal service of the United States began with the delivery of stampless letters, whose cost was borne by the receiving person, later also encompassed pre-paid letters carried by private mail carriers and provisional post offices, and culminated in a system of universal prepayment that required all letters to bear nationally issued adhesive postage stamps. In the earliest days, ship captains arriving in port with stampless mail would advertise in the local newspaper names of those having mail and for them to come collect and pay for it, if not already paid for by the sender. Postal delivery in the United States was a matter of haphazard local organization until after the Revolutionary War, when eventually a national postal system was established. Stampless letters, paid for by the receiver, and private postal systems, were gradually phased out after the introduction of adhesive postage stamps, first issued by the U.S. government post office July 1, 1847, in the denominations of five and ten cents, with the use of stamps made mandatory in 1855.

  • Elvis Presley Forever stamp


    The Elvis Presley Forever postage stamp is a part of the Music Icons series issued by the United States Postal Service. It features Presley in a 1955 black and white photography taken by William Speer. The design created by Antonio Alcalá and Leslie Badani also features a golden crown and the signature of Presley on the side. The stamp was dedicated on August 12, 2015 during a ceremony in Graceland, attended by Priscilla Presley and Postmaster General Megan Brennan. The release of the stamp was accompanied by a hit compilation album, Elvis Forever, sold through post offices around the United States and on the internet. Other than the Rev. Martin Luther King and several US Presidents, Elvis Presley is the only US national who has been the subject of two commemorative stamps by the USPS. The first was issued in 1993. The first stamps, and earliest known use (EKU), were purchased August 10, 2015 at the Mason, Tennessee post office by stamp collector David Saks.

  • Territories of the United States on stamps


    First U.S. stamp to commemorate a territory and depict a map. Issue of 1904Territories of the United States on stamps discusses commemorative postal issues devoted to lands that have been ceded to the nation or purchased by treaty in conjunction with both war and peace. Thirteen states have been created from colonial territories, two from independent republics, four from previous states in the Union, and an additional thirty-one from United States territories. Many aspects of acquisition, settlement and exploration have been celebrated on postage stamps. These are represented below in issues that appeared prior to 1978 (the images of subsequent stamps remain under copyright by the United States Postal Service and may not be reproduced).

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