Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Solved: case of the first stamped letter

The South London Press is reporting that "the mystery of the world's first stamped envelope has been licked by a team of first-class historians."

According to the paper, the world's first stamped envelope was sent by the daughter of Thomas Moore Musgrave, the Postmaster of Bath, to an address in Peckham on May 2, 1840 a few days before stamps were officially allowed.

Since only a small section of the envelope - posted with a Penny Black - still exists, nobody knew who it was sent to and which street they lived on until historians got on the case.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 PM