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The world’s first adhesive stamp the ‘Penny Black’ is used (1840)

The world's first adhesive stamp the 'Penny Black' is used (1840)

The Penny Black stamp was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp and it went on sale in Great Britain on May 6th 1840. The pre-paid adhesive postage stamp was born out of a need for a standardised rate of postage in the United Kingdom that was available to all and not just the wealthy.

Activity Ideas:

  • Make your own recycled postcards – here
  • Print off and enjoy our Stamp activity book – here
  • Watch a series of clips about special Royal Mail stamps – here
  • Watch the Journey of a Letter – here
  • Enjoy a postal history – here
  • Take a trip to the postal museum with History Hit – Coming soon!