Penny Black celebrated


15 September 2011, United Kingdom
‘Penny Black – 184o’
Kings & Queens, The Age of Hanoverians
design: Atelier Works

Collect GB Stamps‘ by Royal Mail covers almost all stamps issued in the United Kingdom since the world’s first adhesive postage stamp – the Penny Black. I don’t have the real one, so here is a stamp that features it.

The archive site has huge image records, scanned presentation pack covers, and articles on each stamp.  This is a great archive, but could be improved a lot by featuring the people and stories behind the stamps – designers, creators of original art works, engravers and printers.

As far as I can see, this is the 6th time the first stamp design has been depicted, firstly in 1940 ‘Centerary of First Adhesive Postage Stamps’, in 1970 ‘Philympia 70 – the stamps exhibition’, in 1990 ‘150th Anniverersary of the Penny Black’, in 1992 ‘Greeting Stamps – Memories’, in 1995 ‘Pioneers of Communications’ and finally the one featured above.

イギリスの切手ももちろんアーカイブになっています。世界初の切手と最初の切手蒐集家を生んだ国ですから。そしてその世界最初の切手は「Penny Black」と呼ばれるヴィクトリア女王の横顔です。本物を持っていないので、今年発行されたその切手の切手をここに。


わたしが見つけた限りでは、「最初の切手」をモチーフにしたイギリスの切手発行は6度目です。1940年に「切手の100周年」が祝われて以来、1970年に「スタンプ・フェア70の記念」1990年に「Penny Blackの150年記念」1992年のグリーティング切手にPenny Redが載り、1995年にはスラニアが彫った「通信のパイオニアたち」、そして今年発行の「ハノーバー家の時代」に、ヴィクトリア女王の切手が登場します。

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