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Exhibits : The Queen's Own : Postal Reforms : World's First Stamps : The 1840 Penny Black

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The World's First Postage Stamps: The 1840 Penny Black



Letter with uncanceled Penny Black, May 5, 1840
Letter with uncanceled Penny Black, May 5, 1840


Ten Penny Blacks on cover, May 6, 1840
Ten Penny Blacks on cover, May 6, 1840


Plate 1 imprimatur impression, April 18, 1840 (pre-hardening)
Plate 1 imprimatur impression, April 18, 1840 (pre-hardening)


Plate 1 imprimatur corner single, April 18, 1840 (pre-hardening)
Plate 1 imprimatur corner single, April 18, 1840 (pre-hardening)


Plate 1 imprimatur impression, April 27, 1840 (post-hardening)
Plate 1 imprimatur impression, April 27, 1840 (post-hardening)


Plate 1 imprimatur corner single, April 27, 1840 (post-hardening)
Plate 1 imprimatur corner single, April 27, 1840 (post-hardening)


Letter with Plate 1 Penny Black and official Post Office cancel, June 6, 1840
Letter with Plate 1 Penny Black and official Post Office cancel, June 6, 1840


Plate 2 imprimatur impression, April 22, 1840 (pre-hardening)
Plate 2 imprimatur impression, April 22, 1840 (pre-hardening)


Plate 2 imprimatur impression, April 27, 1840 (post-hardening)
Plate 2 imprimatur impression, April 27, 1840 (post-hardening)


Block of 6 Penny Blacks, Plate 2
Block of 6 Penny Blacks, Plate 2


Plate 3 imprimatur impression, May 9, 1840
Plate 3 imprimatur impression, May 9, 1840


Plate 4 corner single, used
Plate 4 corner single, used


Letter with Plate 4 Penny Black, first known use of black-ink cancel
Letter with Plate 4 Penny Black, first known use of black-ink cancel


Plate 5 imprimatur impression, June 1, 1840 (pre-hardening)
Plate 5 imprimatur impression, June 1, 1840 (pre-hardening)


Plate 5 imprimatur impresssions, June 11, 1840 (post-hardening)
Plate 5 imprimatur impresssions, June 11, 1840 (post-hardening)


Plate 5 corner strip of 6 Penny Blacks
Plate 5 corner strip of 6 Penny Blacks


Plate 6 corner pair of Penny Blacks, unused
Plate 6 corner pair of Penny Blacks, unused


Trial printing, Plate 7 Penny Blacks, June 1840 (24-pound paper)
Trial printing, Plate 7 Penny Blacks, June 1840 (24-pound paper)


Trial printing, Plate 7 Penny Blacks, June 1840 (24 pound paper)
Trial printing, Plate 7 Penny Blacks, June 1840 (24 pound paper)


Trial printing, Plate 7 Penny Blacks, June 1840 (26 pound paper)
Trial printing, Plate 7 Penny Blacks, June 1840 (26 pound paper)


Trial printing, Plate 7 Penny Blacks, June 1840 (adhesion tests)
Trial printing, Plate 7 Penny Blacks, June 1840 (adhesion tests)


Samples of adhesive gums
Samples of adhesive gums


, Plate 8 imprimatur impression, July 31, 1840
Plate 8 imprimatur impression, July 31, 1840


Plate 11 corner pair of Penny Blacks
Plate 11 corner pair of Penny Blacks


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