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The World's First Postage Stamps: Early Development

Watercolor sketch created in February 1840 to show how the first stamps would look in their chosen colors.
Watercolor sketch created in February 1840 to show how the first stamps would look in their chosen colors. Hill presented it to Francis Baring, Chancellor of the Exchequer, who headed the Treasury.
Watercolor sketch created in February 1840 to show how the first stamps would look in their chosen colors. Hill presented it to Francis Baring, Chancellor of the Exchequer, who headed the Treasury.
Penny Black die proofs, January 1840
Penny Black die proofs, January 1840
Penny Black die proofs, January 1840
Penny Black die proof, January 1840, value added
Penny Black die proof, January 1840, value added
Penny Black die proof, January 1840, value added
A January 1840 proof from a special plate, comparing the background of the first Penny Black die (top row), which was rejected, with its proposed replacement (bottom).
A January 1840 proof from a special plate, comparing the background of the first Penny Black die (top row), which was rejected, with its proposed replacement (bottom).
A January 1840 proof from a special plate, comparing the background of the first Penny Black die (top row), which was rejected, with its proposed replacement (bottom).
Penny Black die proof, March 1840, final die
Penny Black die proof, March 1840, final die
Penny Black die proof, March 1840, final die
Penny Black die proof, March 1840
Penny Black die proof, March 1840
Penny Black die proof, March 1840
The World's First Postage Stamps: The 1840 Penny Black »