The Penny Lilac
IntroductionThe Customs & Inland Revenue Act of 1881 enabled stamps to the value of 2/6 to be used for collecting revenue or for postage if so inscribed. The revenue value most often in use was the 1d, so that a stamp for that value was required as soon as the Act came into force.
The printers, De La Rue & Co., hurriedly produced what was to be one of their most successful designs, fulfilling its function admirably, escaping criticism levelled at other issues of the period.
The display is divided into two sections - the stamps themselves and the usages.