National Geographic : 1979 May
"Penny Black" illustrated actual size. Postmarked, it is typical of the actual used stamp you will receive, although each stamp will vary. ®1979 Fleetwood O ne hundred thirty-nine years ago - today, exactly - Great Britain issued The World's First Postage Stamp, the famous "Penny Black." Historically, it is the world's most important postage stamp, and the one stamp which every collector dreams of someday owning. The brain-child of Sir Rowland Hill - whose centenary collectors are celebrating world-wide this year - it is simply engraved in black with a portrait of the young Queen Victoria and cost One Penny when issued in 1840. In the past decade, stamps like the "Penny Black" have been called "Paper Gold." But the pleasant surprise is that a genuine used "Penny Black" is still modestly priced and within your reach. But this may not be so much longer. For its catalog value has risen from $11 in 1965 to $150 and more today. Your opportunity to acquire The World's First PostageStamp should be viewed in this light. Achieving what many knowledgeable dealers thought was impossible, Fleetwood has been able to obtain just under 5000 of the "Penny Black" in the past year. This very small number is now available to Americans. Collectors and non collectors alike will be proud to own the "Penny Black." Not for investment. But as a genuine and very significant heirloom to share with close friends and to hand down to their children. Because of the small number available, you should order promptly. Your very own "Penny Black" will arrive at your home by Registered Mail in its own handsome album, with a certificate of authenticity and authoritative historical information. Send your order and payment or charge authorization today to Fleetwood, One Unicover Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008. Of course, your check will be returned if it is received too late. Limit: One per Collector. Price:$150. (guaranteed only until May 31, 1979). I------------------- - - - - ORDER FORM FIRSTT)SAiGE STAMP Priceguaranteedonly until May 31, 1979. Limit: One per Collector Fleetwood Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008 C3 Please accept my order for ONE of The World's First Postage Stamp in used condi tion with album, certificate of authenticity, and historical information. I will allow four weeks for shipment by Registered Mail. I I enclose $150. in full payment. O Charge my order to my credit card account: O MasterCharge O American Express O Visa Card Number Signature All orders subjectto availabilityand acceptance. Name PLEASEPRINT CLEARLY Address City State Zip Established 1929, Fleetwood is America's foremost purveyor of philatelic collectibles. A division of Unicover Corporation, it is not affiliated with any governmental agency.