See? on the vintage envelope...there is a stamp

a very OLD stamp (but a facsimile, of course)

It's called a Penny Red.

oh, NOT a Penny Black?

Very interesting mailing ...

An "vintage" envelope...

with little goodies inside

and inside another  envelope...

From Valentine MARK Herman

and LaPoste!

I'm lovin' it! xxx

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Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on September 4, 2013 at 3:31pm

Always interesting, Val...'love the Postal History :-)

Va 'n Viz: I can no longer find these reprinted first postage stamps

of Greece, with the ancient god Hermes. The were made in 2011,

to celebrate the 150 years of the first Greek postage stamp...but I

am left with only copies :-(

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on September 4, 2013 at 12:30pm

The Penny Red and Penny Black were issued at about the same time (1840-70), and using the same line-engraving and printing techniques as the Twopenny Blue (which you have on the envelope and the Three Half Pence (1 1/2d)Red and the Half Penny (1/2d) Red.

Then stamps were surface printed.

In 1880  1/2d green, 1d brown, 11/2d brown, 2d red, and 5d indigo stamps were issued.

In 1881 a 1d lilac;

In 1883 , a series of low value stamps in blue and lilac.

In 1887, the low value stamps isued to celebrtae Queen Victoria's Jubilee were mainly two-coloured.

End of the stamps issued during her reign.

End of Postal History lesson.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on September 4, 2013 at 8:04am

Va 'n Viz...funny Penny Panic story, eh?

Well, Penny Red is now along with 

Penny Black:

and of course, Penny BLUE:

(I understand there might be a Penny Lilac/Purple?)

Comment by vizma bruns on September 4, 2013 at 4:53am

Va is short for Val. :-P

Comment by vizma bruns on September 4, 2013 at 4:52am

Aaahahaaa ha! This blog with comments has made my day! Hilarious! A panicked Va, a missing stamp and the Queen Kat! Niklas could write a brilliant short story about this!!!

Comment by Eraser Heed on September 3, 2013 at 11:34pm
Cool Val! Kent it is.
Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on September 3, 2013 at 9:58pm

Oh, Val...I will NEVER sell it!

Not even after the Greek tax office takes my last euro :-)

It is precious! xxx

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on September 3, 2013 at 9:48pm

Katerina: you can't value it without looking at which impression it was, which plate was used, the letters, the sheet number etc. If it's any consolation, it's worth more than €0.50, but how much more I don't know. You will not get rich by selling it though.

Eraser Man: 967 was the Post Office in Edenbridge, Kent. That town doesn't seem to exist now (or is not in my big atlas of Britain.) . Kent is South East of London.

Comment by Eraser Heed on September 3, 2013 at 5:50pm

Hail queen Katerina, sounds better, nice artistamp!

What post office equals 967 Val? Or does the numbers stand for somethig else?

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on September 3, 2013 at 5:15pm

oh...poor to fair condition, used =  0.50 

Well, it is a "treasure" for me :-)

The Penny Red was a British postage stamp, issued in 1841. It succeeded the Penny Black and continued as the main type of postage stamp in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until 1879, with only minor changes to the design during that time. The colour was changed from black to red because of difficulty in seeing a cancellation mark on the Penny Black; a black cancel was readily visible on a Penny Red.

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