First Issues - 1840 to 1849

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USA

Congress passed an Act in March 1845 regulating postal rates. Thereafter there were many attractive and (now) expensive postmasters' provisional issues, but it was not until March 1847 that the Act allowing the Postmaster General to issue stamps was passed, leading to the first national issue on 1st July 1847.

USA SG1 USA SG235 USA SG-A546 USA SG3454 USA SG-O180 USA SG-D207
Benjamin Franklin
1st July 1847
SG1 Sc2
Commemorative
Columbian Exposition, Chicago
1893 SG235 Sc230
Airmail
Curtis Jenny
1918 SG-A546 Sc-C1
Charity
Breast Cancer Awareness
1998 SG3454 SC-B1
Official
1873 SG-O180 Sc-O1
Post Due
SG-D207 SC-J1

The USA was also late to issue a charity stamp, their first in 1998 for breast cancer awareness, the second in 2002 for the heroes of 9/11.

The first airmail is the low value of the set that included the Inverted Jenny. An elegant miniature sheet, shown overleaf, commemorated the Jenny in 2013.


Maurit
Stamp centenary
1948 SG266 Sc225

Mauritius

I do not own one of the twelve 1847 'Post Office' 1d stamps (at £450,000) and so, again, a stamp-on-stamp commemorative will have to take its place. There was another commemorative for the 150th anniversary in 1997. A display of first issues and their centenary commemoratives is one possibility for next year.

Mauritius SG133 Mauritius SG-D207
Commemorative
Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
1893 SG133 Sc112
Post Due
1879 SG-D207 SC-J1

Mauritius has not issued an airmail, charity or official stamp.


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original page March 2008
rewritten April 2013