Story: Postage stamps

Advertisements on stamps

Advertisements on stamps

An unusual place to display advertisements was on the back of postage stamps. People were invited to contemplate their buying needs before licking and sticking. The New Zealand Post Office introduced these in 1893, but the practice did not last as people were concerned that licking the dye might poison them.

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Carl Walrond, 'Postage stamps - Different types of stamps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 20 Jun 2012