First Issues - 1855 to 1857

page 4.1

This is the fourth 8-page display in a series intended to show the first issues of every country. That includes the first stamp and (where issued) the first commemorative, airmail, charity, official and post due. The first two displays, covering 1840-1849 and 1850-51, were completed in 2007. There was then a lapse until the third display, 1852-54 in 2013 (there are thumbnails on the backs of pages one, two and three). By 1854, first issues had been made by fifteen countries, six colonies (five British and one French) and twenty-eight other entities: eleven German states, five Italian states, four Australian states, three Swiss cantons, three Canadian provinces one Austrian possession, one South African province and one Indian state. Terminology here is tricky, for example, why not count Canadian or South African provinces as British colonies and, when they variously unite into Canada and South Africa, will those also count as countries? (Answers: ‘granularity' and 'yes' respectively.)


Norway SG1 Sc1 Norway SG159 Sc96 Norway SG199a SC-C1 Norway SG223 Sc-B1 Norway SG-O187 Sc-O1 Norway SG-D95 Sc-J1
1st January 1855
SG1 Sc1
1914 SG159 Sc96
Centenary of the 1814 constitution
1927 SG199a Sc-C1
1930 SG223 Sc-B1
Norwegian Tourist Association Fund
1925 SG-O187 Sc-O1
Post Due
1889 SG-D95 Sc-J1

The 1852-54 display opened with a northern European country releasing a dependable and affordable set of first issues, The Netherlands on 1st January 1852 and three years later, 1st January 1855, Norway repeated that solid achievement. There is some work to be done on researching which country completed the task first (for obvious reasons, the airmail is usually the last to be issued): the first Dutch airmail was issued in 1921, Norway in 1927, but Austria currently leads with a first airmail in 1918, albeit that was an overprint, their first real airmail being 1922.

Norway SG452 Sc357
Centenary commemorative
1955 SG452 Sc357

Norway had an entirely pleasant set of first issues with a 1955 commemoration of their first stamp. Their innovation was the Lottery stamp, issued in 1964 in support of a UN refugee appeal.


page written June 2013