On the 6th May 1840 the very first postal stamp was introduced. As a way of combating the financial losses of the Postal Office, 1d was charged for prepaid letters, whereas 2d was charged if the fee was collected from the recipient. This meant it was better for the sender and the recipient to prepay for their letter, plus the Postal Office received the money straight away (some messengers would be likely to pocket the money received and claim the letter was lost).
As a way of documenting this, an ‘adhesive label’ was attached to the prepaid letter. This was known as the Penny Black and was the first stamp ever to be used.
The Penny Black was quickly discontinued, as the black ink made it hard to see any attempts to void the stamps by crossing through them. In 1841 the stamps were printed in red, becoming the Penny Red. This new stamp was originally only for use within the UK, as it was a local stamp that depicted a profile of Queen Victoria. When international postage gained popularity, envelopes would be marked with the country’s name.
In 1951 a special commemorative stamp was issued containing the name Britain for the Festival of Britain, and the name has been used in stamps ever since.
At RAND Logistics we endeavour to provide you with the best service at competitive rates. RAND Logistics can provide an instant quotation on excellent rates on parcels to Spain, Norway or anywhere else worldwide.
For international students who have just started their studies in the UK, you will already be aware of what a nightmare it can be transporting all your prized possessions overseas. The memories of heavy suitcases, stressful waits at the baggage carousel and lugging everything up the five flights of stairs to your room are probably still fresh in your mind. We’re sure you’re not looking forward to the return journey for this very reason, which is why we recommend using our parcel delivery service to send your items home. For example, if you can pack all of your textbooks and study material into a box and send it home by courier, this reduces the stress for you, as your important items will be guaranteed to arrive home safely without having to go through the drama of waiting for lost luggage to turn up months after it went missing. Get ahead of the game and organise your journey home with RAND by finding out the cost of sending your items home.
Recently, it has been announced that the Royal Mail will be privatised in the coming weeks. This means that employees will be given a share of the postal service with members of the public being able to buy shares from £750. It has long been recognised that there are flaws in the Royal Mail, but is this necessarily a good thing? It is too early to say yet how this will affect the post in the UK, but one thing is for sure: it won’t affect the way RAND operate. We can still offer the same high level of parcel delivery anywhere in the world, and you will always have the option of fast, reliable delivery wherever in the world you’re sending your items.