A fine, 4 margin stamp with a clear profile bearing a faint red Maltese cross cancel! A few words from the album. Simple postal systems, created exclusively for official use, have existed for thousands of years. Public use of mails, however, was unheard of before the 1500s.
Englands King Henry VIII appointed the first Master of Posts in 1516. England established post offices in major cities and introduced the London Penny Post, under which letters could be mailed anywhere within the city limits for a penny. But outside London, mails were very expensive and erratic. In a pamphlet published in 1837, Hill called for an inexpensive, standard rate for letters, regardless of the distance involved.Charles and Frederick Heath engraved the Penny Blacks and they were printed in black ink by Perkins, Bacon & Company. The color was changed to red-brown for the one-penny stamp of 1841. It was officially postmarked during actual use, nearly 150 years ago.
The item "Great Britain GB UK PENNY BLACK WORLDS FIRST STAMP FU Stamp in Pres Album" is in sale since Thursday, October 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Stamps\Great Britain\Victoria". The seller is "zyphr_philately" and is located in MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA. This item can be shipped worldwide.