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Before 1847, the recipient always paid the postage. This changed with the first postage stamps, which were paid for by the sender. In 1879, postal officials developed a system for underpayment – Postage Due stamps. The fee was paid by the recipient – a kind of throwback to the days before stamps. It was a bookkeeping system to prevent clerks from overcharging recipients and pocketing the difference. These were the first stamps issued that didn’t prepay for the delivery of mail.
Designed just for functional purposes, the stamps were plain with large numerals indicating the amount to be paid. For twenty-five years, this design remained unchanged – although the colors varied from a brown to red brown to a deep red.
In 1930, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing changed the designs again so that the numerals were featured in a half-circle. The following year, in 1931, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing changed the format of some of the stamps slightly – a horizontal format was used as opposed to the vertical one used previously. The design remained the same, however.
In 1959, the Postage Due stamps were printed in two colors for the first time. The designs of these issues were similar to the 1930-31 stamps. However, the border and background were printed in a carmine rose, while the numerals were printed in black. In addition to the color change, new values were also used. In 1985, the Postage Due stamps were discontinued by the Postal Service and are now obsolete.
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