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December 23, 2015

Posting Letter into Mailbox: These Interesting Vintage Photos May Make You Relive the Good Old Days

The history of using a mail service or courier service to pass messages from one person in one place to another person in another place has most likely been occurring since the invention of writing. There is evidence of postal systems dating back to ancient Persia, China, India and Rome.

In 1653, a Frenchman De Valayer established a postal system in Paris. He set up mailboxes and delivered any letters placed in them if they used the postage pre-paid envelopes that he sold. De Valayer's business did not last long when a devious person decided to put live mice in the mailboxes scaring away his customers.

A schoolmaster from England, Rowland Hill, invented the adhesive postage stamp in 1837, an act for which he was knighted. Through his efforts, the first postage stamp system in the world was issued in England in 1840. Hill created the first uniform postage rates that were based on weight, rather than size. Hill's stamps made the prepayment of postage both possible and practical.



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