A large mint block of the Penny Black. The idea of an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage was part of Sir Rowland Hill's 1837 proposals to reform the British postal system; it was normal then for the recipient to pay postage on delivery. A companion idea, which Hill disclosed on 13 February 1837 at a government enquiry, was that of a separate sheet that folded to form an enclosure or envelope for carrying letters.

A large mint block of the Penny Black. The idea of an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage was part of Sir Rowland Hill's 1837 proposals to reform the British postal system; it was normal then for the recipient to pay postage on delivery. A companion idea, which Hill disclosed on 13 February 1837 at a government enquiry, was that of a separate sheet that folded to form an enclosure or envelope for carrying letters.

Pioneers of Industrial Revolution 50p Stamp (2009) Josiah Wedgewood - Ceramics

Pioneers of Industrial Revolution 50p Stamp (2009) Josiah Wedgewood - Ceramics

A magnificent mint block of 12 Penny Blacks One of the crown jewels of Great Britain philately. 1840 Black The magnificent unused o.g. four margin, bottom marginal block of twelve lettered SD-TI with full deckle edge selvedge and sheet inscription.

A Mint Penny Black.  The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system.  It was issued in Britain on 1 May 1840, for official use from 6 May of that year.

A Mint Penny Black. The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was issued in Britain on 1 May 1840, for official use from 6 May of that year.

Sellos Museo Lázaro Galdiano

Sellos Museo Lázaro Galdiano

The Penny Black and the Penny Red. Englands first stamps. The Penny Black. The World’s first postage stamp went on sale May 1, 1840

The Penny Black and the Penny Red. Englands first stamps. The Penny Black. The World’s first postage stamp went on sale May 1, 1840

Post & Go to change following The Postal Museum brand launch  - The British Postal Museum & Archive

Post & Go to change following The Postal Museum brand launch - The British Postal Museum & Archive

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