Unless you’re a keen delitologist* you probably won’t realise this, but 2020 is an important anniversary in postal circles; its the 180th anniversary of the first known postcard.
The First Postcard
The first postcard on record was posted in Fulham in July 1840. It was sent by Theodore Hook, a ‘man of letters’, composer, and renowned practical joker.
The postcard is also thought to be one of his practical jokes, as the image is a caricature of the post office workers who would have been delivering the card.
The Postcard bears a Penny Black stamp, which was the world’s first postage stamp and had only recently come into circulation, on 1st May 1840.
Theodore’s postcard resided in a private stamp collection for many years, until being sold at auction in 2002 for a record £31,750.
Stannp’s Year Of The Postcard 2020
Here at Stannp we love a postcard, be it A5, A6, enveloped, or naked! We send many thousands of postcards a month on behalf of our fantastic customers, so naturally we want to celebrate this amazing milestone.
*Delitology is the collection and study of postcards.
Worldwide, delitology is the third-largest collecting hobby, after stamp collecting (Philately) and coin & banknote collecting (Numismatics) .