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Promoted item:ITALY: FINE SELECTION OF STAMPS - KINGDOM - RSI - LOT - USED -US/C713

ITALY: FINE SELECTION OF STAMPS - KINGDOM - RSI - LOT - USED -US/C713

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About Italy Stamp

Philatelists who are interested in Italian stamps often seek out the now-rare postal stamps created by Italy's independent city states in the early 1800s. However, given the lack of uniformity of these states' stamp production, it may be easier for Italian stamp fans to cull together pieces printed after the unification of Italy's postal system in 1860.Following the wide adoption of the so-called Sardinian stamps in 1861, the Italian government wrestled with discontent from many quarters. It was tough and unrewarding work to convince the city state holdouts to adopt the stamps. Eventually, on September 15, 1862, the last of these holdouts capitulated, and Italy was finally bound as a nation by a truly universal postal system.The Italian postal executives wasted no time instituting a universal postal rate. The government held an Italy stamp design competition, which was won by Count Ambjorn Sparre. Unfortunately for the Count, few in the government or in the populace took to his designs. Moreover, for whatever reason, the Count failed to create an adequate number of stamps, so the government once again asked successful printer Francoise Mataire to step in.The government did away with Count Sparre's contract in early 1863 and hired a British printing company named De La Rue to take over the design. (Curiously, De La Rue would later assist the Free State of Ireland get its stamps up and running in the 1920s.) Twelve years later, Italy decided to enter the Universal Postal Union, despite the sometimes draconian conditions and terms of UPU membership.