Sri Lanka issued its first postcard 150 years ago…

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Minister of Transport, Highways and Media Bandula Gunawardena handed over the First Day Cover issued to mark the 150th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s first postcard to PM Dinesh Gunawardene at the Parliament Complex yesterday (1)

The first official postcard in the world had been released by the Austro-Hungarian postal administration in 1869 while the first postcard in UK had been issued 12 months later.

The first postcard in Sri Lanka had been issued on 1 September in 1872 carrying the bust of Queen Victoria and it had been priced at 2 cents and this year marks its 150th anniversary.

By Sanduni Gamarachchi