The Penny Black had “POSTAGE” at the top and “ONE PENNY” at the bottom in big letters. A piece of art was framed by a series of intricately etched engine parts.
As you can see, two stars were placed in the upper left and right corners of the stamp. Letters were also placed in the lower left and right corners to show where the stamp was on the sheet of paper (see below). Perkins Bacon made 240-sheet copies of the work.
In Penny Black’s opinion, the picture of Queen Victoria she used was based on a sketch that she made when she was 15 years old. This is how it worked: She ruled for more than 64 years. She died on January 22, 1901, when she was 86.
A few times, the Post Office’s original cross was broken or lost, so postmasters had to make their own. They are called “distinctive” crosses because they are very rare.
People worldwide know the Wotton-under-Edge postmaster’s cross stamp because it is one of the most well-known stamps in the world.
The Penny Black was the world’s first stamp that could be stuck on. It had a picture of Queen Victoria on it. Customers could use this stamp to send a letter weighing up to half an ounce (14g). It would cost them one penny, no matter how far they went.
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