Penny BlackThis year was the 175th anniversary of the first issue by Breat Britain of the now-famous Penny Black postage stamp. This is the second part of an article previously published that looks back to 1990, the 150th annniversary, and some stamps issued that year in commemoration.

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Penny Black stampsThis year, 2015, is the 175th anniversary of the first issue of Great Britain’s ‘Penny Black’ postage stamp. Looking back to 1990, the stamp’s 150th anniversary, we feature some of the stamps released that year to mark that first issue.

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first postage stamp in the worldIn the late 1970s a fascinating series of articles written by Mr. K. Kouwenberg about the history of Stamp Collecting, appeared in the Dutch magazine Philatelie. This series has been the source of inspiration for PostBeeld owner Rob Smit to rewrite the history of stamp collecting in instalments. This is Part 1: Introduction and The First Stamp.

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The copper printing plate for the famous Mauritius 1847The copper printing plate for the famous Mauritius 1847 “POST OFFICE” 1d and 2d stamps has been found after being missing, thought lost, for 80 years, and will be displayed at the London 2015 Europhilex Stamp Exhibition, which will be held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London from 13-16 May 2015. This is a special event, held to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, the Penny Black.

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