Victorian stamps (1840-1901)

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Find out more about Victorian stamps, from the famous Penny Black 1d stamp issued in May 1840, to the later designs bearing an image of Queen Victoria (who reigned from 20 June 1837 to 22 January 1901), in our dedicated stamp guides. Highlights include:

Did you know? Since Britain invented the postage stamp, British stamps do not need to include the country name.

10 facts about the 1840 Penny Black stamp
The Penny Black became valid for postage on 6 May 1840. The simple stamp revolutionised how the nation communicated,…
06 May 2021
British postal history from December 1839 to May 1840
Using rare and fascinating postal history items, including Mulready stationery and Parliamentary envelopes, Dr Nicholas…
26 April 2021
The 1840 Mulready postal stationery
Mulready stationery appeared at the same time as the Penny Black and Twopenny Blue, in May 1840, and was expected to be…
25 April 2021
Your guide to Penny Red stamps
The Penny Red stamp was Britain's second stamp design and replaced the famous Penny Black. Discover much more about the…
31 January 2021
The 1890 Penny Post Jubilee
John Davies, immediate past president of the Great Britain Philatelic Society, provides a guide to the 1890 Penny Post…
02 January 2021
Stamp collecting guide: the Victorian halfpenny stamp of 1870
The first Victorian halfpenny stamp was issued in October 1870 due to a reduction in the postal rate for newspapers and…
06 November 2020
Stamp collecting guide: Victorian 1d lilac stamp of 1881
The Victorian 1d lilac stamp of 1881 was issued in its billions, proving to be one of Britain's most widely used stamps.…
02 November 2020
Rare Stamps - Kirkcudbright Penny Black first day cover
Discover the most treasured 'first day cover' in the world, known as the Kirkcudbright Penny Black first day cover, in…
14 October 2020
Stamp collecting guide: the Victorian 1900 halfpenny blue-green
In this stamp guide we take a look at the Victorian 1900 halfpenny blue-green stamp which was in use towards the end of…
01 October 2020

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