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The first postage stamps, introduced in Great Britain in 1840, revolutionized postal delivery. The United States Postal Service introduced its own stamps in 1847, and made them the only acceptable form of postage payment eight years later. Stamps allowed for postage to be prepaid by the sender. Before stamps, postage was usually paid by the more »
Postal customers can partially stave off the higher rates for a little while by stocking up on Forever stamps now. But be warned: many post offices have difficulty keeping them in stock. For mailers who use meters or permit imprints, there is no putting off paying the higher postage.