Oscar I stamps 1857-1861

Nk 4 1856 The postal department expected the first stamp to last two years, and hence they initiated the process of making a new series of stamps already in 23rd of January 1855, just three weeks after the launch of the first stamp.Of notice, the letters also indicated a need for a denomination of 8 skilling, the double of the first stamp issued, indicating the use…

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Cancellation types on the first Norwegian stamp
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Cancellation types on the first Norwegian stamp

From 1855 to 1860s When the norwegian postal government finally decided to print and distribute their first stamp, they also explained to all postal employees the way the stamps should be handled and cancelled. This was all new to them, and clear instructions were of key importance, since they feared a situation where stamps could be reused. Grid cancellation Ring cancellation Dark blue Ink cancellation Previous…

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The first swedish stamps

The first stamps in Sweden was officially available 1st of July 1855, in a series of five stamps ranging from 3 skilling to 24 skilling.  The standard cost of sending a letter within Sweden was set to 4 (fyra) skilling, after a hefty debate in the spring of 1855, and this stamp was issued in total of 6.6 million stamps, making fairly easy to collect even…

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The first danish stamp

In Denmark the first stamp was issued in 1852, with a value of four (fire) RBS (Riksbank skilling). The stamp was without perfins and had to be cut out from a sheet of 100 stamps, with very narrow margin between each of them. Hence many of these stamps have narrow margins or margins cutting into the stamp itself. (to be continued)

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The first Norwegian stamp

It took 15 years from the first issue of the penny black in Great Britain, before the first Norwegian stamp was printed and used.  The postal department seems to have approached various firms for suggestions for the printing of the stamp early in 1854, but the first documentet approach came 17th of may with a suggestion of a portrait of King Oscar, though this was discarded.…

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