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History of stamps
Jersey Philatelic Bureau
The Philatelic Bureau makes a significant contribution to yearly profits with interesting stamp issue themes, new products being introduced in order to maximise the appeal of philately. Changes in philatelic trends encouraged Jersey Post to be one of the first Postal Administrations in the world to advertise on the internet to broaden the prospective market.
History of Jersey
Jersey’s Postal Service
Although letters from Jersey have been recorded from the middle of the 15th century, no official postal service existed in the Island until 1794 when Charles Le Geyt was appointed Postmaster and a regular weekly communication by sailing packet to Weymouth was established. For the first three years there was no delivery, everyone had to call at Le Geyt’s house for letters. In 1798 he engaged a woman - Mary Godfray - to deliver letters in the town area but it was not until 1829 that there was a country delivery.
A penny post was established in 1830 to handle inland letters and a boxed rectangular hand-stamp inscribed "Jersey Penny Post" in italic script was used for the purpose.
Adhesive postage stamps came into service in May 1840 and British stamps were used for postal purposes for over the next 100 years. In 1852 at the instigation of the Post Office surveyor Anthony Trollope, the novelist, the first "roadside letter boxes" erected in the British Isles were installed in St Helier, Jersey. In 2002, Jersey Post celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first British roadside letter boxes with a set of stamps featuring some of the different styles of posting boxes that have been used in Jersey since 1852.
In 1969, when the British Post Office became a Corporation, the States of Jersey took the opportunity for postal independence from Britain. It was recognised that the operational and mails side of the business could be run successfully under local management, whereas the philatelic aspect of issuing stamps was a largely unknown area.
In 2006, Jersey Post became an incorporated company. Today, Jersey has a viable and efficient post office organisation handling over 75 million items per year which, although far less than the major administrations of the world, nevertheless compares favourably with a large number of other administrations of greater area and population than Jersey but whose postal requirements are fewer and services less sophisticated.