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In the United States, the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) selects subjects for stamps, and the Stamp Development design team at the U.S. Postal Service creates the artwork and supervises stamp printing and production. Because stamps prepay the government for a...


The postal service was conceived by William Goddard as a response to dissatisfaction with the royal post office. He presented his plan to the Continental Congress in 1774, and it was enacted on April 19, 1775. Benjamin Franklin, who backed Goddard's plan, became the ...


Postal Commemorative Society is the former name of the company now known as PCS Coins and Stamps. This company was founded in 1970 and markets a range of collectible products, including stamps, and has an arrangement with the U.S. Postal Service.


The United States Postal Service increased the price of a standard postage stamp to 39 cents on Jan. 8, 2006. The previous rate of 37 cents had been in place since June 30, 2002. The price reflects the cost of sending a first-class letter weighing up to 1 ounce.


The Greek historian Xenophon credited Cyrus the Great (who ruled in 580 to 530 BC) with the invention of the postal system, but the first document that mentions post was found in Egypt, dating back to about 2000 BC.


Postal commemorative gold stamps have a thin layer of gold either surrounding the stamp or overlaid on top of the stamp. They are typically only valuable to those who collect them because the amount of gold is minuscule.


The United States Postal Service came into being in 1775 when members of the Second Continental Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin as its first Postmaster General. In 1847, the first official U.S. postage stamps were issued, according to the official USPS website.