World Stamps

By Joe O'Donnell

Penny Black put into use 175 years ago today: Morning Report

May 06, 2015 09:58 AM

  • Great Britain’s Royal Mail is celebrating the 175th anniversary of the world’s first postage stamp, the 1840 Penny Black, and the second stamp, the Two-Penny Blue, with these stamp-on-stamp designs to be issued May 6.

Linn's Stamp News gives you a quick look at what's going on in the world of stamp-collecting.

1. Happy birthday, Penny Black

Though Great Britain's Penny Black stamp—the world's first postage stamp—was first sold on May 1, 1840, it was not put into use until May 6, 1840. 

Cheers to 175 years!

2. This is Jeopardy!

The popular syndicated television game show Jeopardy! featured a Stamps category in its episode broadcast nationally May 4.

3. Stamp Market Tips

Since independence, Lesotho has issued a plethora of colorful topical stamps, most of which have been well distributed and are readily available to collectors.

4. Yesterday's most-viewed post

5. Something social