[WORLDKINGS] The Constant World Records Seeking Journey (P.274) Penny Black (United Kingdom): World's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system

31-03-2022

(worldkings.org) The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was first issued in the United Kingdom, on 1 May 1840, but was not valid for use until 6 May. The stamp features a profile of Queen Victoria. On March 31st, 2022, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Penny Black as “ World's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system”.

Based on the world record nomination from Europe Records Institute (EURI) and Decision No. WK/USA.INDIA/828/2022/No.284, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Penny Black as world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system on March 31st, 2022.

 

 

In 1837, British postal rates were high, complex and anomalous. To simplify matters, Sir Rowland Hill proposed an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage. At the time it was normal for the recipient to pay postage on delivery, charged by the sheet and on distance travelled. By contrast, the Penny Black allowed letters of up to 1⁄2 ounce (14 grams) to be delivered at a flat rate of one penny, regardless of distance.

 

 

The receiver had to pay and not the sender! So a letter of two pages travelling one hundred miles would cost 18 pence or one shilling and six pence. From 1840 the same letter if it weighed under half an ounce cost the sender just one penny.

According to bl.uk & en.wikipedia


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