Penny Black 175th Anniversary Mint Souvenir Sheet
The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp. It changed history and marked the beginning of a new era for mail delivery. That’s why the Penny Black is still a sought-after stamp by many world collectors today.
Over the years, several countries have issued Penny Black commemorative stamps honoring various anniversaries of the issue. Now you can own a mint Liberia souvenir sheet issued for the 175th anniversary of the world’s first adhesive postage stamp. It pictures Sir Rowland Hill, the man who is credited with inventing the postage stamp. In the early 1800s, Hill recognized that the recent industrial revolution had significantly increased literacy among English citizens. He knew that this rise in literacy would result in a greater mail volume if the postage rates were only lowered a bit.
So, the reform-minded Hill proposed the use of adhesive postage stamps and stamped envelopes. By making the sender responsible for the delivery fee, the Post Office would stop losing money on refused letters. Plus, the uniform, low rate of one cent per half-ounce would make mailing a letter affordable for the Post Office and the public. Letters wouldn’t have to be weighed and logged individually anymore, cutting the administration costs drastically. Hill proposed his idea in 1837 and received a two-year contract. As a result of his work, the world’s first postage stamp was issued on May 1, 1840.
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