175 years ago, the very first one / 世界発の切手

May 26, 2015

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6 May 2015, United Kingdom
The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black
designed by Sedley Place

The original stamp was designed by Henry Corbould, based on ‘City’ medal by William Wyon

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.

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175年前の今月、世界で始めての切手が生まれたのでした。有名な「ペニー・ブラック」です。手紙を配達するサービスはすでに各地で始まっていてそれが郵便として整えられ、多くの人に使われるようになったのはこの切手からです。近代郵便制度の父と呼ばれるローランド・ヒルが考え出し、その功績で彼はナイトに叙されたのでした。

記念切手はいたってシンプル。目打ちをつけ、女王のシルエットと金額を足しただけです。これ以外に、やりようがないですよね。すぐ後に発行された「2ペンス・ブルー」と4枚でシートになっています。

 

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