There has always been a story about a lady in London who was so taken by the Penny Black that she bought whole sheets to use them as wall paper.
Of course, this was the basis for the "humor" (if there is any) of the cinderella image I posted above.Note: The following is not my original research. It appeared elsewhere first.
Actually, this story has its roots in an advertisement which appeared in The Times
(Saturday, Oct 29, 1842; pg. 1; Issue 18127; col B):POSTAGE STAMPS - A young lady, being desirous of covering her dressing room with cancelled POSTAGE STAMPS, has been so far encouraged in her wish by private friends as to have succeeded in collecting 16,000. These, however, being insufficient, she will be greatly obliged if any good natured person who may have these (otherwise useless) little articles at their disposal would assist her in her whimsical project. Address to E. D., Mr. Butt's, glover, Leadenhall Street, or Mr. Marshall's, Jeweler, Hackney.