Notes from the Past

Married Pair

The term "Married Pair" refers to single copies of the British Penny Black and a Penny Red that were printed from the same position of the same plate and that bear the same check letters.  Such pairs are possible because, when the color was changed from black to red, several of the black plates continued to be used for production of the red stamps.

Plates 1b, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11 were used to print both stamps.  Plate 11 is reported by Gibbons to to have registered in red and to have printed Penny Red stamps before being used to produce late printings of the Penny black.

This is said to have resulted from a last minute shortage of black stamps before the British Post Office was prepared to issue the Penny Red. 

- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume Two G-P
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Posted September 26, 2000

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