Mulready Stationery

The same day that the Penny Black was issued in 1840, the British postal system also issued Mulready Stationery which was comprised of lettersheets and pre-gummed envelopes. The stationery was named after William Mulready, the artist who illustrated the sheets and envelopes.

The elaborate drawing on the sheets indicated that postage had been paid. The lettersheets and envelopes came in one penny and two penny denominations much like the first postage stamps, the Penny Black and the Two Penny Blue.