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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.

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.

May 6, 1840: The Penny Black, England's first pre-paid postage stamp, is introduced. Before that, sending a letter could be complicated and costly -- mostly because of the the manpower involved in logging its process and collecting the funds. The Penny Black changed all that, and written correspondence became available for practically everyone.

May 6, 1840: The Penny Black, England's first pre-paid postage stamp, is introduced. Before that, sending a letter could be complicated and costly -- mostly because of the the manpower involved in logging its process and collecting the funds. The Penny Black changed all that, and written correspondence became available for practically everyone.

Cook Islands Postage Stamp Honoring The Great Britain Penny Black | eBay

Cook Islands Postage Stamp Honoring The Great Britain Penny Black | eBay

The Penny Black stamp is the world's first adhesive postage stamp, and is perhaps the most famous stamp ever issued. It was a one penny stamp with Queen Victoria's profile against a black background and was produced in 1840.

The Penny Black stamp is the world's first adhesive postage stamp, and is perhaps the most famous stamp ever issued. It was a one penny stamp with Queen Victoria's profile against a black background and was produced in 1840.

"Penny Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp...issued 175 years ago today, May 6th!

"Penny Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp...issued 175 years ago today, May 6th!

most popular favorite us postage stamps | Penny Black stamp 1st of May 1840 world's first adhesive postage stamp ...

most popular favorite us postage stamps | Penny Black stamp 1st of May 1840 world's first adhesive postage stamp ...

Superman Superhero Stamp Cufflinks BNIB Authentic Penny Black 40 Superhero Superman Stamp cufflinks.  Sold at Neiman Marcus; these cufflinks are sold out everywhere.  Approximately 5/8" x 1".  Made from actual US postage stamps sealed in an expoxy coating. Stamp perforated edging with nickel plated backings.  Brand new with tags/packaging.  Still in box and never worn. Perfect to give as a gift to the Superman fan in your life.  All reasonable offers considered!! Penny Black 40 Accessories…

Superman Superhero Stamp Cufflinks BNIB NWT

Superman Superhero Stamp Cufflinks BNIB Authentic Penny Black 40 Superhero Superman Stamp cufflinks. Sold at Neiman Marcus; these cufflinks are sold out everywhere. Approximately 5/8" x 1". Made from actual US postage stamps sealed in an expoxy coating. Stamp perforated edging with nickel plated backings. Brand new with tags/packaging. Still in box and never worn. Perfect to give as a gift to the Superman fan in your life. All reasonable offers considered!! Penny Black 40 Accessories…

May 6, 1840 The postage stamp was invented in England in 1837 by a schoolmaster named Rowland Hill. Because of his efforts, for which he was knighted, the first postage stamp was issued on May 6, 1840. The British Penny Black stamp was engraved with the profile of Queen Victoria.

May 6, 1840 The postage stamp was invented in England in 1837 by a schoolmaster named Rowland Hill. Because of his efforts, for which he was knighted, the first postage stamp was issued on May 6, 1840. The British Penny Black stamp was engraved with the profile of Queen Victoria.

The Jacob Perkins' press, that printed the Penny Black and the 2d Blue, in the British Library Philatelic Collections.Penny Black - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Jacob Perkins' press, that printed the Penny Black and the 2d Blue, in the British Library Philatelic Collections.Penny Black - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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