Penny Black


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Penny Black

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(Philately) the first adhesive postage stamp, issued in Britain in 1840; an imperforate stamp bearing the profile of Queen Victoria on a dark background
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1840 THE first postage stamp - the Penny Black - was available for official use after being issued by the Post Office.
1840 - The Penny Black postage stamp becomes valid for use in the UK.
Timeshift: Penny Blacks & Twopenny Blues: How Britain Got Stuck on Stamps (BBC4, 9pm) While the Penny Black rightfully remains the world's most famous stamp, the Twopenny Blue was issued just two days later and is often overlooked.
It introduced the world's first postage stamp, the Penny Black stamp, in May 1840.
Every stamp collector aspires to owning an original Penny Black.
40pm on Saturday when a number of men were involved in an argument outside the Penny Black bar in Fenkle Street in the Northumberland market town.
Leslie Brown, 92, had been compiling his collection - including a rare Penny Black worth about PS500 - since he was a child.
After inventing the post, in Birmingham, Sir Rowland Hill was working out how to make sure people could use it - and in May 1840 he came up with the Penny Black, the rst adhesive postage stamp.
1840: The first postage stamp -the Penny Black -was issued by the Post Office for use.
COMMENT Deputy Business Editor Graham Hiscott on Royal Mail's struggle IT'S more than 170 years since the first Penny Black was issued.
The Penny Black was available for use from May 1840 and was the world's first stamp.
Lots include the UK's famous Penny Black stamp, Indian rupees used by GCC countries before 1959, Saudi stamps dating back to the 1920s, a wooden Bahraini camera from the 1960s and a rare Coca-Cola bottle more than 100 years old.