Published on December 9th, 2014 | by admin

How About A Penny Black Stamp Inspired Gift This Christmas?

Looking for interesting gift ideas this Christmas? Here at the Post Office Shop we live and breathe postage stamps and we’re particularly excited about the Quintessential Penny Post Collection, which is a unique range of items depicting the Penny Black Stamp.

The Penny Black Stamp was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp in circulation, issued way back on 1st May 1840 during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Featuring Queen Victoria’s head, the top of the Penny Black stamp included the word ‘POSTAGE’ and ‘ONE PENNY’ appeared at the bottom of the stamp indicating the amount that had been pre-paid for the delivery of the letter to which it had been fixed.

Somewhat surprisingly, Penny Black postage stamps, which were also known as the 1d black, were only in circulation for one year because the red cancellation mark was a challenge to see on the black background colour of the stamp meaning it was often possible to re-use these stamps. Following these problems, the Treasury reprinted the stamp in red to address the problem.

As one of the most iconic stamps ever issued, it’s no surprise to find that the Penny Black postage stamp is making a comeback of sorts having inspired a collection of inspirational gift items including a tote bag and silk scarf amongst others.

The Penny Post tote bag perfectly combines British history with style and finesse making it an exceptional gift for Mums of all ages this Christmas. Perfect for carrying belongings when out and about, this Penny Post tote bag compliments any outfit.

101-3454 Penny Post Tote Bag

As an alternative gift idea sure to have heads turning this Christmas, the Penny Post silk scarf is perfect for day to day use and special occasions.

101-3453 Penny Post Scarf


Judging by the fascination that remains with the Penny Black stamp, it’s fair to say these Penny Post gifts will certainly be well received as a gift for someone this Christmas.

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