Timeline of postal history

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This is a partial timeline of significant events in postal history, including dates and events relating to postage stamps.

First century[edit]

  • Cursus publicus, the state-run courier (and transportation) service of the Roman Empire was established by Augustus.

Fifteenth century[edit]

Sixteenth century[edit]

  • 1516 – Henry VIII established a "Master of the Posts"
  • 1520 - Manuel I creates the public mail service of Portugal, the Correio Público-Public Post Office.

Seventeenth century[edit]

  • 1635, 31 July - Charles I made the Royal Mail service available to the public for the first time with postage being paid by the recipient.
  • 1639 - The General Court of Massachusetts designates the tavern of Richard Fairbanks in Boston as the official repository of overseas mail, making it the first postal establishment in the 13 colonies.
  • 1654 - Oliver Cromwell grants monopoly over service in England to "Office of Postage".
  • 1660 - General Post Office established in England by Charles II.
  • 1663 - England’s Imperial Post Office is established in the Colony of Barbados.
  • 1671 - King Louis XIV grants monopoly over service in Paris to the family Pagot and Rouillé.
  • 1675 - Beat Fischer von Reichenbach granted permission to operate a private postal service in Bern, Switzerland.
  • 1680 - The first penny post system, known as the London Penny Post, for local delivery was introduced by William Dockwra in London.
  • 1690 – Leon II Pajot builds a privately operated postal center on 9 rue des Déchargeurs in Paris - International Horse Carriages carry Mail from France to other countries. The building, the Hotel de Villeroy still exists, it is used today for private apartments and for the exposition center Cremerie de Paris, the courtyard can be visited by the public.

Eighteenth century[edit]

1820s[edit]

  • 1825 - The US establishes a dead letter office.
  • 1828 - Hellenic postal service established.

1830s[edit]

1840s[edit]

1850s[edit]

1860s[edit]

1870s[edit]

1880s[edit]

1890s[edit]

1900s[edit]

1910s[edit]

  • 1911 - January 1 - first stamps of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands.
  • 1911 - United States creates a postal savings system.
  • 1912 - last stamps of Anjouan, superseded by Madagascar
  • 1913 - first stamps of Australia, superseding those of the various former colonies
  • 1913 5 May - first stamps of Albania
  • 1913 - United States initiates parcel post service, using special stamps.
  • 1915 - 15 August - British forces overprint Iranian stamps in Bushire, use until 16 October.
  • 1915 - British and French occupation forces overprint stamps for Cameroon.
  • 1916 - United States postal inspectors solve the last known stagecoach robbery in the US.
  • 1917- British armed forces in Palestine issue the famous EEF stamps. December 1917
  • 1918 - United States issues its first airmail stamps; a sheet of the Inverted Jenny is discovered among them.
  • 1918 - first stamps of the Italian occupation of Trieste and Trentino
  • 1919 - first stamps of Armenia and Azerbaijan
  • 1919 - first stamps of Batum

1920s[edit]

1930s[edit]

1940s[edit]

  • 1940 - Pitcairn Islands issue their first stamps.
  • 1941 - United States creates highway post offices.
  • 1942 - United States uses V-mail to handle armed forces' mail.
  • 1945 May - provisional stamps issued for Austria
  • 1946 - first stamps of independent Jordan[1]
  • 1947 - India gains independence from Britain
  • 1948 -Israel issues her first stamps-The Doar Ivri set. 16 May 1948 [The new country still has no name]
  • 1948 -Israel issues her first Israel stamps with the word ISRAEL on the stamps. 26 September 1948
  • 1948 - British postal administration takes over in Bahrain
  • 1948 - Pakistan issues its first stamps.
  • 1949 - Newfoundland joins Canada and issues its last stamps.
  • 1949 18 July - Ryukyu Islands issues its first stamps.

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

  • 1982 - United States introduces E-COM, an electronic message service.
  • 1983 - United States introduces ZIP + 4.
  • 1984 21 November - first stamps of Burkina Faso
  • 1985 - Jackie Strange, first female Deputy US Postmaster General
  • 1985 - United States terminates E-COM service.
  • 1986 1 January - first stamps of Aruba

1990s[edit]

  • 1992 20 March - Belarus issues its first stamps.
  • 1992 26 March - Azerbaijan resumes issuing stamps.
  • 1992 - Kazakhstan issues its first stamps.
  • 1994 28 January - Canada issues the world's first 2 part customizable greetings stamps.

2000s[edit]

  • 2000, 28 December - Canada issues the world's first 2 part personalized photo stamps, called "Picture Postage".
  • 2007, 12 April - USPS issues a non-denominated stamp called the forever stamp
  • 2011, 13 July - newly independent South Sudan issues its first postage stamps.
  • 2015, 1 February -Megan Brennan appointed first female US Postmaster General

References[edit]

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