England was the first country to print and use stamps—the first of which was sent from the post office in Bath. I know this is true because of this red sign, which we saw at the Bath post office, where we bought a sixpence for Philip, and which I trust without questioning.
I probably shouldn’t trust the sign so implicitly because grammatically, it’s incorrect. It should read: “The world’s first stamp, the Penny Black, was sent from Bath.” But we’ll let this go.
As stated in the above sign, the very first stamp was the Penny Black — so called because (A.) It cost a penny, and (B.) it was black. Why get all creative and stuff with product names when you can keep it plain and simple? The Penny Red is another example of a plain and simple product name.