below is a grid showing the letter combinations as they appeared on the completted sheet. To view the pictures, click on one of the sheet possitions.
On the pages which illustrate each stamp, please note that the plate numbers appear below the impression.
If you have a stamp which is not shown here, we would be most greteful for permission to include it so as to make this refrence as complette as possible. (We
can be at emailed from here.) Items of special intrest are black stamps where only red printings are illustrated, (and visa versa), as well as examples which
show diffrent cancellations to those illustrated, (either a diffrent type or colour).
In addition to the general issue of the Penny Black Postage stamps on the 1st May 1840, (avalible for use by the public from the 6th May), a special printing
was made of the stamps for official use by covernment departments. These can easily be identified by the addition of the letters V and R in the top corners
replaceing the stars.
NOTE some of the images link to additional illustrations and information.