The postage stamp has lasted for 177 years since it first came into use and the basic concept has not changed. Today old used stamps are very valuable commodities even fetching many thousands of dollars.
The USPS has grown in leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings and has endeavored to bring their services right to our doorsteps. they have licensed Walmart, leading pharmacies, retail outlets and a host of other stores with the sail of postage stamps and services. Due to their often very convenient locations close to where you would be buying stamps is easier than ever.
The State of Delaware is not left out and if it is a USPS outlet you need then look no further. Use the maps below to find exactly what you need.
I have created these maps to find the closest store to where you are in Delaware. Simply enter your postcode or city into the text box below and hit enter and all the maps will show shops near your location.
Delaware has a large number of USPS stores. Use the map below if you are not sure where your closest one is.
Selling everything from picnic tables to Christmas lights it is no surprise that Walmart also sells postage stamps.
Pick up a roll of stamps next time you pop into your local CVS.
A number of banks have started adding postage stamps to their services provided. Pick up a roll of stamps next time you're in a Wells Fargo branch.
Buy Your Stamps Online:
It's quick and easy and saves you a trip to the store. Why not just buy your stamps online.
Delaware Specific Stamps:
If you are a stamp collector and are looking to add some stamps to your collection that are specific to Delaware have a look at some of the unique stamps available below:
Background Of Stamps:
Postage stamps were the brainchild of Sir Rowland Hill, an Englishman who cane up with the idea of affixing stamps on letters as proof of payment. This changed the system so that revenue was collected up front from the sender rather than the prevailing practice where the recipient paid when accepting delivery.
The stamp made sending mail for less complex. It streamlined the postal service and facilitated easy movement of mail allowing the postman to focus on the correct delivery of mail without worrying about collecting payments.
With payment upfront far more expectation was placed on the mail service to correctly deliver the mail which forced continued streamlining and improving of services which still continues to happen today.
The first stamp was the “Penny Black” which depicted the profile of Queen Victoria and was in the denomination of one penny. This was considered a very steep price to pay to send across a letter at the time. Issued on May 6th 1840 the stamp quickly became a game changer for the British Parliamentary Post, the predecessors of the present United States Postal Service or USPS, when the Americans were colonized by the British Crown.
After the British issued the first stamp it took the Americans seven more years to follow suit, I big part of this they suspect may have been due to the fact that the United States were reluctant to follow the British at the time regardless of how good the idea was.
The United States Postal Service scratched their heads for seven years trying to find an acceptable alternative to the postage stamp but eventually conceded that it was the simplest solution. On July 1st 1847 they issued the first two United States postage stamps.