The world’s first postage stamps appeared in England in 1840, but the first U.S. stamps didn’t appear until 1847.
There were two stamps issued at that time: a five-cent and a ten-cent. The five-cent stamp had a picture of Benjamin Franklin, who had been in charge of the mails during the American Revolution. The ten- cent stamp bore a picture of George Washington. Some of these stamps still exist today!
Each year, about 410 pieces of mail are sent to every person in the United States!