Postage stamp

small piece of paper that is purchased and displayed on an item of mail as evidence of payment of postage
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Postage stamps are pieces of paper which signal that payment has been made for the item to be mailed.

The main components of a stamp:
1. Image
2. Perforations
3. Denomination
4. Country name
"Inverted Jenny", a very rare and expensive U.S. stamp, 1918

These days they have adhesive on the back. They are put on the top right-hand corner of an envelope. They pay the fee for having the postal service take the envelope to where it is being sent.

The idea was British, and the first postage stamps were issued in Britain in the mid-nineteenth century. On 1 May 1840, the Penny Black, the first adhesive postage stamp, was issued in the United Kingdom.

There are a lot of different postage stamps in the world. Most countries have their own stamps. People collect them in books called stamp albums. Sometimes, the stamps all have errors in the printing like in the "Inverted Jenny" picture with the aeroplane printed upside down.

People on stamps


People on stamps is one more common topic in stamp collecting. For instance, many famous people are featured on stamps in the United States.

Maps on stamps


Maps on stamps is a common topic on stamp collecting. Almost every country has featured maps on stamps. There are also topic maps including demographic and cross topic ones (showing explorer routes over maps).


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