Welcome to Penny Black 1840

…a site dedicated to the world’s first postage stamp.

Buy Penny Black buttons, badges, mugs, bags, caps, calendars and mousepads in the gift storeFind the perfect gift for philatelists and stamp collectors everywhere with an elegant range of items featuring original designs inspired by The Penny Black – available exclusively in our online T-shirt store and other Penny Black apparel, badges, mugs and more in the Gift Store!

Visit the Penny Black 1840 Thematic Stamps Blog taking a wider look at the stories behind thematic postage stamps from around the world.

Buy Penny Black posters and framed art prints in our Poster Gallery!Browse our Penny Black posters and framed art prints of a selection of Victorian line engraved stamps in our Poster Gallery!

Find specialist philatelic literature as well as other books of interest in our Internet book stores powered by Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Plu‘Guide Lines to the Penny Black’ by P.C. Litchfields links to helpful web resources, Penny Black FAQs, philatelic book reviews, Live Stamp Auctions and images of the Penny Black, 1d Red, 2d Blue and other rare Victorian stamps and cancellations in the Victorian Line Engraved Stamps Blog to help you identify and plate your Victorian line engraved stamp collection.