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History of the stamp and the philately

Until the year 1840, was customary in most of the states of the world that the recipient pay correspondence nothing more get postal mail to its destination. This fact meant major drawbacks since in many cases people receiving mail they could not afford the costs or even had cases in which he did not want to receive it, so it ended up becoming an obsolete method.

The creation of the first postage stamp dates back to the year 1840 thanks to Professor Sir Rowland Hill. It was an incredible time novelty. The stamps were issued initially in England for sending correspondence and due to the success in this State, it spread quickly to other countries of the world.

The first issued stamp was known as Black penny, this nickname is due to that image present in the 1 penny coin was chosen. This stamp represented the image of the Queen of England, whose effigy, expressed its elegant beauty and rigor. From this moment, the stamp attached to a letter became the main guarantee of the advance payment for the shipments.

Images of rulers

After the use of the image of the Queen of England in stamps, other countries began to print the faces of their rulers in the stamps that were issued,  spreading the interest in stamps as if they were a fashion of the time. This was also a blow against counterfeiting, since the stamp was the value representing the currency in the States. All of this began to attract all kinds of people who saw stamps a fact unprecedented due to its unique images. This meant that many people will start to save the stamps for its conservation.

Saving the stamps was the creation of a new way of collection. This way of collecting is called philately, i.e., the hobby of stamps and the collection of these. This unique hobby, began, therefore, almost simultaneously with the emergence of the first stamps. In a short period of time, spread the trade in stamps and, this form emerged a market dedicated to philately completely new and unexplored. As there were appearing new stamps, the ancient became jewels of collectors and the private collections of stamps were making a hole in the philatelic trade. The first exhibition of Philately was in 1890 in Vienna, becoming a world attraction to the stamp.