1847-1869   #1-122

The first two decades of U.S. postage stamps produced a number of innovations. 1857 saw the introduction of perforations, the Lincoln stamp of 1866 was the first memorial stamp, and grills were introduced in 1867 to prevent reuse of stamps. Pictorials and two-color printing were introduced in 1869. The United States expanded from 29 to 37 states by 1869. Click on the links below to see Benjamin Franklin stamps, George Washington postage stamps, and more.