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National Postal Stamp Day – How Stamps Can Help with Dementia!

National Postal Stamp Day – How Stamps Can Help with Dementia!

Tomorrow, July 1, is National Postal Stamp Day!

On July 1st, National US Postage Stamp Day recognizes the ease and simplicity with which we can send and receive mail. A stamp represents payment for the delivery of a letter or a package.

Did you know that stamp collecting can help those with dementia and Alzheimer’s?! Stamp collecting provides mental exercise, stamp collecting focuses your loved ones on good memories, and it allows seniors to socialize!

The United States issued its first postage stamp on July 1, 1847. At that time, stamps were not required. A letter could be mailed without a stamp and delivery paid for by the recipient. In 1855, the postage stamp became mandatory.

Philately is the study of stamps and postal history. Stamps often have a fascinating history. Everything from the inspiration and the artist to the postal rate in a given year affects the value of a stamp. Collectors look at quality and rarity as well.

Now I will never look at stamps the same way again!

Fun facts:

-Benjamin Franklin was appointed as the first postmaster General in the year 1775 and there by post office was established. The Position “Postmaster General” was included in the Cabinet Ministry in the year 1829.Postage stamp is embedded in American History during the civil war times where letters are used for Communication specialty by the prisoners.

-Inverted Jenny is one of the most valuable U.S postage Stamps. It became famous due to wrong depiction of the image of Curtiss JN-4.1. It was printed inversely and the mistake was not recognized at that time of selling by the postal clerk since he had not seen any airplane. He sold nearly more than 100 erroneous stamps and almost all were claimed to be recollected and shredded. However, one such stamp was sold for 135 million dollars at auction in the year 2016 in New York City.

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