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Friday, May 1, 2015

Guernsey 2015
175th Anniversary of the Penny Black






In general circulation for little over a year the Penny Black is something of an iconic stamp.

"…A bit of paper just large enough to bear the stamp, and covered at the back with a glutinous wash."

This was the first mention of what became the world’s first adhesive postage stamp. The quote came from Rowland Hill as he was answering the questions of a parliamentary enquiry into the Post Office service in February 1837.

Hill had recently published a pamphlet Post Office reform. Its Importance and Practicality, where he had challenged the expensive and extremely complex postal rates that were then in force.

His suggested solution was a low, uniform rate of prepaid postage based on weight.

At the time the postal service was prohibitively expensive for most people to use. Sending a single letter could cost as much as a working man’s daily wage. 




MINIATURE SHEET

GUERNSEY POST PRICE: £2.00






FIRST DAY COVER (FDC)

GUERNSEY POST PRICE: £3.20






PRESENTATION PACK

GUERNSEY POST PRICE: £2.90







ISSUE DATE: 1 May 2015
DENOMINATIONS: £2
STAMP DESIGN: Keith Robinson
PRINTER: Lowe-Martin
PAPER: 110gsm Unwatermarked PVA Adhesive
PRINTING PROCESS: Offset Lithography
STAMP SIZE: 70 mm x 110 mm
MINIATURE SHEET STAMP SIZE: 28.8 mm x 28.8 mm 
PERFORATION: 12.5
SHEET LAYOUT: -
CYLINDER: A