The Penny Black - World's First Postage Stamp

Issued by Great Britain on May 6, 1840

This page contains various scans of my Penny Black.

Click on the image for a larger version (870K).

Click here for an uncompressed 600dpi TIFF (1.6M). I can't provide an LZW TIFF as that would violate the Unisys LZW patent and I'm trying to clean up this site w.r.t. that issue.

Click here for a 235x272 JPEG version which has been straightened out and retouched a bit around the edges (54,597 bytes). This version is intended to be used as a tiled image. Click here for a very faded version of this image (it is used as the background image for this page).

I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who knows how to use either Photoshop or the GIMP to remove the dark red cancellation mark from these scans.