Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Falkland Islands – Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill

Falkland Islands issued this wonderful FDC and the miniature sheet with the stamp honouring Sir Rowland Hill KCB, FRS (3 December 1795 - 27 August 1879) on his 100th Death Anniversary. Sir Rowland was an English teacher, inventor and social reformer. He campaigned for a comprehensive reform of the postal system, based on the concept of penny postage and his solution of prepayment, facilitating the safe, speedy and cheap transfer of letters. Hill later served as a government postal official, and he is usually credited with originating the basic concepts of the modern postal service, including the invention of the postage stamp. Gowri gave me this nice FDC.

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