As people caught on to the usefulness of this cheap and fast method of sending messages, the poor man’s telegram - remember the telephone did not yet exist - national postal services authorised the sending of postcards through their postal systems.
It must be remembered that many years, even decades may pass between the taking of a photograph, when it was published on a postcard, and when the postcard was posted.
The “paid-for by sender” postal system was developed by Rowland Hill.
A standardised postage was paid for by the sender, who purchased a stamp to attach to the letter, rather than the receiver. The stamp showed a side portrait of Queen Victoria at age 15.
(The first French postage stamp was issued on 1 January 1849.) This section is a train-spotter’s delight of lists of dates and accompanying postage rates.
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