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This is a timeline of significant events in postal history, including dates relating to postage stamps.

Sixteenth century

  • 1516 – Henry VIII established a "Master of the Posts"

Seventeenth century

Eighteenth century

1820s

  • 1825 - The US establishes a dead letter office.
  • 1828 - Hellenic postal service established.

1830s

1840s

1850s

1860s

1870s

1880s

1890s

1900s

1910s

  • 1911 - United States creates a postal savings system.
  • 1912 - last stamps of Anjouan, superseded by Madagascar
  • 1913 - first stamps of Australia, superseding those of the various former colonies
  • 1913 - 5 May - first stamps of Albania
  • 1913 - United States initiates parcel post service, using special stamps.
  • 1915 - 15 August - British forces overprint Iranian stamps in Bushire, use until 16 October.
  • 1915 - British and French occupation forces overprint stamps for Cameroon.
  • 1916 - United States postal inspectors solve the last known stagecoach robbery in the US.
  • 1918 - United States issues its first airmail stamps; a sheet of the Inverted Jenny is discovered among them.
  • 1918 - first stamps of the Italian occupation of Trieste and Trentino
  • 1919 - first stamps of Armenia and Azerbaijan
  • 1919 - first stamps of Batum

1920s

1930s

  • 1931 16 June - first stamps of French Andorra
  • 1933 10 August - first stamps of Bahrain, issued by Indian postal administration
  • 1933 1 December - first stamps of Basutoland
  • 1935 May - common issue of stamps for Silver Jubilee of King George V
  • 1935 15 November - first stamps of Commonwealth of the Philippines
  • 1935 - first stamps of Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika
  • 1935 - United States initiates Trans-Pacific airmail service.
  • 1937 1 April - first stamps of Aden
  • 1937 1 April - first stamps of Burma, overprints on India
  • 1937 12 May - common issue of stamps for coronation of King George VI
  • 1938 14 April - stamps issued for Alexandretta, last on 10 November
  • 1938 - Austrian stamps are phased out after the Anschluss.

1940s

  • 1940 - Pitcairn Islands issue their first stamps.
  • 1941 - United States creates highway post offices.
  • 1942 - United States uses V-mail to handle armed forces' mail.
  • 1945 May - provisional stamps issued for Austria
  • 1946 - first stamps of independent Jordan
  • 1947 - India gains independence from Britain
  • 1948 - British postal administration takes over in Bahrain
  • 1948 - Pakistan issues its first stamps.
  • 1949 - Newfoundland issues its last stamps.
  • 1949 18 July - Ryukyu Islands issues its first stamps.

1950s

1960s

1970s

  • 1970 - United States passes Postal Reorganization Act, privatizing postal service.
  • 1970 - United States initiates experimental express mail service, makes it permanent in 1977.
  • 1971 - Privatized United States Postal Service begins operation.
  • 1971 29 July - Bangladesh issues its first stamps.
  • 1973 1 June - Belize issues its first stamps.
  • 1974 - United States ends its use of highway post offices.
  • 1975 11 November - first stamp of independent Angola
  • 1975 8 December - first stamps of renamed Benin
  • 1977 30 June - United States ends use of railroad post offices.
  • 1978 - United States begins to copyright postage stamps and other philatelic items.
  • 1979 12 July - first stamps of Kiribati
  • 1979 - Canal Zone transferred to Panama along with postal service.

1980s

  • 1982 - United States introduces E-COM, an electronic message service.
  • 1983 - United States introduces ZIP + 4.
  • 1984 21 November - first stamps of Burkina Faso
  • 1985 - Jackie Strange, first female Deputy US Postmaster General
  • 1985 - United States terminates E-COM service.
  • 1986 1 January - first stamps of Aruba

1990s

  • 1992 20 March - Belarus issues its first stamps.
  • 1992 26 March - Azerbaijan resumes issuing stamps.
  • 1992 - Kazakhstan issues its first stamps.

2000s








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