Friday, 1 May 2015

The world's first postage stamp....................................... is 175 years old today

May 1st 1840
The worlds first postage stamp was issued 175 years ago today... the penny black

I am a keen collector of pre-decimal stamps of GB and I have a few penny blacks in my collection

Printed in sheets of 240 each stamp has check letters in the lower corners... AA to TL
I only collect penny blacks with the check letters AF... my initials
Happy Birthday to the oldest stamps in my album.

6 comments:

Frank said...

Nice one Andrew.

If only postage was that cheap today!!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Wow- very cool!

Angie said...

Fascinating - I don't have any Penny Blacks!

The Furry Gnome said...

You have "a few penny blacks" in your collection! You must have some stamp collection!

Margaret Adamson said...

there have been a lot of chances in stamps in 175 years especially price increases. Have a lovley weekend.

Fun60 said...

I've always been fascinated by stamps. As a child I think it was one of those hobbies many children tried for a while. You used to be able to buy packets of foreign stamps quite cheaply. Never had anything as exciting as a penny black though.