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The Penny Black


The world’s first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, was launched in Britain in May 1840. It depicted a dignified profile picture of Queen Victoria and received its name because of its colour and its face value of one penny.

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The Carpenters: Please Mr Postman


Sister and brother duo The Carpenters became one of America’s top musical groups of the 20th century. Their total record sales surpassed more than 100 million and they were one of the top ten best-selling artists in the world at their peak.

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Postage Stamps: Where it all Began


The invention of postage stamps in the 19th century marked an important milestone in the history of the postal service. Before stamps were invented, only the wealthy could afford to send letters through the post and it was the recipient, not the sender who had to pay the fee.

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Return to Sender: Elvis Presley


The king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, first sang in church as a child, making his public debut at the age of ten at the Mississippi–Alabama Fair and Dairy Show’s talent contest. Although he didn’t win, he was inspired to pursue a musical career and went on to become one of the most iconic artists in history.

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Valentine’s Cards: A Brief History


Postmen and women across the UK will be kept busy this Valentine’s Day – as an estimated 25 million cards will be winging their way to loved ones on 14th February!

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