175 Year’s of World’s First Postage Stamp Penny Black

penny blackThe Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was issued in Britain on 1 May 1840, for official use from 6 May of that year and features a profile of the  Queen Victoria.All London post offices received official issues sir rowland hill stampof the new stamps but other offices throughout the United Kingdom did not, continuing to accept postage payments in cash only for a period. Post offices such as those in  Bath began offering the stamp unofficially after 2 May 1840.

The idea of an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage was part of Sir Rowland Hill’s 1837 proposals to reform the British postal system .it was normal then for the recipient to pay postageon delivery. A companion idea, which Hill disclosed on 13 February 1837 at a government enquiry, was that of a separate sheet that folded to form an enclosure or envelope for carrying letters. At that time postage was charged by the sheet and on the distance traveled.

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3 Responses to 175 Year’s of World’s First Postage Stamp Penny Black

  1. abdul wahid says:

    I am keenly interested in the pre-partition philatelic era of the history. a rich era to be cherished by all.
    kind regards
    abdulwahid

  2. N.A. Mirza says:

    Fraud perhaps led to the coming into existence of Penny Black. A story goes that once Sir Rawland Hill, post master general in England in 1830s, was passing through a street and noticed an argument between a postman and a lady. The postman had a letter which he wanted to deliver to the lady but the lady was refusing to accept it. Finally, the postman left the lady without delivering the letter to her.

    The curious Sir Rawland Hill approached the lady and asked her why she did not receive the letter when the name and the address of the recipient was correct and that was it that the letter was not meant for her.

    The lady replied with a satisfaction that the letter was indeed meant for her from her brother. As per an understanding between her and her brother, it had some marks to show that all was well but she refused to accept it only to avoid paying the postage. That time the system was that the sender would just send the letter to his/her relative and the post man would collect the postage money from the recipient, based on the distance between the sender and the recipient of the letter.

    This forced Sir Rawland Hill to think of a system that would not deprive the government of the revenue and also check the fraud. He introduced the prepaid postage system in the form of a postage stamp. The first postage stamp Black Penny thus came into existence due to a fraud people practiced to save their money.

  3. Thanks Mirza Sahib. A marvelous story which many philatelists might not have even heard also. Thanks again. A mini piece of significant information from ur treasure house of knowledge.

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