How Stamp Collecting Came to Be

The very first stamp was issued in 1840 in Britain; the stamp was called the One Penny Black. It had a picture of Queen Victoria when she was younger. The stamp did not have any perforations and scissors had to be used to cut the stamps from the sheet. Children began collecting stamps in the 1860’s and the 1870’s. Back in that time period stamp collecting was known strictly as a child’s hobby.


Queen Victoria’s picture had become the staple of things in the 19th century. She appeared on the half penny of the Falkland Island in 1891. In the late 1800’s adults began to collect stamps and they studied the stamps as well, they even began to record and publish their findings. In the 1920’s word went around that rare stamps were very valuable and more and more people began to collect stamps. Increases in postage stamps were very valuable because there were not many older stamps being saved in mint condition.

In the 1930’s as stamp value increased American stamp collectors started to stockpile U.S stamps hoping to sell them in a year or so and make a profit. But it did not happen that way. In today’s time, the value of these stamps have not gone up any, In the United States Mint, there are many stamps from the 1930’s and they are pretty much worth what they were worth then. The older and rarer the stamp the more it is worth. So many stamp collectors are after an elusive stamp that will make them millions.