Genesis Of Stamps - Republic

This, then, is the genesis of the postal systems as we know them today. We have telescoped the centuries and, perhaps, have not paid too strict attention to the actual chronological order of the events of ancient history. Such exact placement of dates is important only to the pedantic. The struggles that took place prior to Sir Rowland Hill's reformation are of interest only in that they present the background picture. With the adoption, on 6 May 1840, of Sir Rowland Hill's plan the world's first postage stamp was born. From then to the present, the postage stamp has been the effective instrument that has made communication between people a common property of all of the people of all of the world. Wherever someone can read or write, the postage stamp is within his easy reach and because of this no place is too distant to be reached by means of a letter.

Stamps of
Stamps of Argentina issued for mailing of recorded messages.

It is interesting to note that even an inability to read or write is not always a complete barrier to the use of this marvelous system. In 1939 the Republic of Argentina set up a "phono post" especially for the use of the illiterate. For a few extra cents in postage you could dictate your message into a machine that would record your spoken words on a flexible disk. This you mailed to your friend who, to "read" it, merely placed the record in a phonograph and listened. The means of delivering the mail are being constantly improved, from foot runners to modern airplanes, and even rockets. Indeed all of these methods are in contemporary use at various places. Whatever the means, however distant, the greatest and the smallest are at the command of the postage stamp you purchase for a few cents.