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Stamp Vending Machines: A Brief History


Stamp vending machines were an invention of the early 20th century, in the days when the price of a first-class British stamp was one penny and featured King Edward VII.

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Einstein’s famous God letter


The famous theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, has had a massive influence on science, despite being born 140 years ago. His theory of relativity provides the basis of modern physics, while his algebraic formula, E=MC², recognising the link between mass and energy, is known as the “world’s most famous equation”.

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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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