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Post Offices

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The local post office has a special place in the social history of Britain. This book provides an historical overview of the development of this public institution - from 'letter receiving house' to familiar high-street presence. It outlines the range of services post offices have provided over time - from stamps, pensions and postal orders, to airmail, savings certificates, dog and TV licences. Highlighting the 'heyday of the GPO' during the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the author recalls childhood memories of post office counters selling stamps and sweets, the weekly pension queue, and the friendly local postmaster. It constitutes a celebration of a very British institution now threatened by modern-day forces.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 146 x 200 x 6mm | 99.79g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 074780785X
  • 9780747807858
  • 670,316

About Julian Stray

Julian Stray is Assistant Curator at The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA). The BPMA is the leading resource for all aspects of British postal history. It is custodian of The Royal Mail Archive and the museum collection of the former National Postal Museum. Records in the Royal Mail Archive are designated as being of outstanding national importance.show more

Table of contents

Early Post Offices The Post Office Network Counter Services Modern Post Offices Further Reading Places to Visit Indexshow more

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