India on First Postage Stamp ‘Penny Black’

A commemorative postage stamp on the 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamp :

1232 First Postage Stamp [India Stamp 1990]Issued by India

Issued on May 6, 1990

Description of Design : The stamp depicts the Penny Black on a cover “cancelled as the first postage stamp”. The stamp has been designed by Madhukar DeogawankaThe First day cover reproduces an outline of the Mulready envelope. Cancellation design is by Smt. Alka Sharma.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Watermark : No

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 600 Paise

Stamp Overall Size : 2.90 x 2.90 cms.

Stamp Print Size : 2.54 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Imported un W/M Adhesive Gravure Coated stamp paper

Stamps Printed : 15,00,000 in sheets of 56

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printed : India Security Press

About : 

  • Items of stationary like letter sheets, wrapper and envelopes also appeared along with the Penny Black. Of these, the Mulready envelopes (named after William Mulready the designer) were the most famous though the least popular. The Penny Blacks were in use for less than a year and were replaced by the Penny Red in 1841.
  • After the issue of the Penny Blacks, one country after the other started issuing postage stamps. India embarked on stamp issues in 1852 when the Scinde Dawk‘s were issued for use in Sind and on the BombayKarachi route.

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