The world's first postage stamp was issued by Great Britain in 1840. Featuring a bust of Queen Victoria, it has come to be known as the "Penny Black." It also marked the introduction of "uniform penny postage" in a mail system: the rate to carry a letter to ANY destination within the country was now the same, and not based on distance carried.
USA - Carousel horses on postage stamp - The Charles I.D. Looff Carousel (also known as the Crescent Park Carousel) was designated the Rhode Island state symbol of American folk art in 1985. All that remains of a large Victorian-era amusement park, the Looff Carousel is one of the few handmade carousels still in use today. It was designed and built in 1895 by Charles I.D. Looff, a native of Denmark.
GB 1898 SG40 Cover Imperial Penny Post FDC 1898 Overseas Mail/Imperial Penny Post. Very fine envelope sent from Baildon, Yorkshire to Bangalore, India bearing a 1d Rose-red (SG40) lettered CH tied by a Baildon "H92" duplex for DE.25.1898, the first day of the Imperial Penny Postage rate. Backstamped by a Bangalore arrival cds for JA.15.1899. A remarkably clean and attractive Imperial Penny Post first day cover.