Welcome to Penny Black 1840

Dedicated to the world’s first postage stamp

‘Guide Lines to the Penny Black’ by P.C. Litchfield

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.

Visit the Penny Black 1840 Thematic Stamps Blog taking a wider look at the stories behind thematic postage stamps from around the world, as well as other GB Commemorative postage stamps.

Find the perfect gift for philatelists and stamp collectors of all ages with an elegant range of items featuring our own original designs inspired by the Penny Black and Penny Red postage stamp…the perfect gift for philatelists and stamp collectors everywhere!