1854 – A Penny Red with perforations was the first perforated postage stamp to be officially issued for distribution.
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.
Perforations, (experimental gauge 16), first came into use in 1850 and were officially adopted on February 24, 1854 (in the same size as the experimental issue).
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.
The stamps were printed in sheets of 240 (20 rows of 12 stamps), so one row cost 1 shilling and a complete sheet one pound.
Extra Note: The era of the Penny Red came to its close at the end of 1879.
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