1940 Centenary Exhibition Sheetlets

As part of the celebration for the centenary of the issuance of postage stamps, the 'Penny Black', a sheetlet series depicting that and the "VR" was issued. five colours were used, Rose, Orange, Green, Lilac and Brown.

The sheetlets were marked: "Sold in aid of the Lord Mayory's Red Cross and St. John Fund. Stamp Centenary exhibition, Lancaster House, 6th - 11th May, 1940. They were rotaglio printed by Waterlow & Sons, printers of the 'high value' stamps at that time.

Many of these sheets were cut up to produce 'colour trials', 'reproductions' or other such fancy names for the portions showing the Penny Black and its contemporary the "VR" Penny. While all are 'Cinderellas', the sheetlets only are the real collectibles.

Beware some portions of these sheetlets being sold at high prices
as other than what they actually are ... cut outs!