Great Britain was the first country to use stamps back in 1834. Before that time, people used a system to deliver mail that might seem strange to you.
Before stamps, the person who received a letter had to pay for its delivery. This caused problems because sometimes the person who got the letter didn't want to pay for it, so many letters were not delivered. To solve this problem, Britain created stamps. This made sure that the person who sent the letter had to pay for it.
Most stamps today are made of paper, but some stamps in the past have been made out of strange things. The US once made a stamp out of plastic, and Switzerland made a stamp out of wood. There have even been stamps made out of gold! (Marc Langer, staff writer)
1. Before stamps, who had to pay for a letter's delivery?
a. The person who sent it.
b. The person who received it.
c. The person who delivered it.
d. The government.
2. This was a problem because ...
a. nobody wanted to send letters.
b. sometimes people didn't want to pay.
c. the mailmen were too busy.
d. the letters were often delivered late.