6 May 2015, United Kingdom
The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black
designed by Sedley Place
175 years ago this month, the world’s first stamps were printed and used. Yes, the Penny Black. Postal services were already used all over Europe, but for the first time the cost for the delivery of a message is made uniform within a nation by the innovation of stamps – the brainchild of Sir Rowland Hill, who founded the Post Office.
The stamp design is very simple, just added perforation line, the current Queen’s silhouette and denomination on one corner – no other way to celebrate this stamp, I agree. Then the two are matched with the Twopenny Blue, in a sheet.