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In the Highlands, 1937   First shown in the March 1937 edition of the Post Office magazine, this    picture shows a post office van on its delivery route near Nairn in the    Scottish Highlands.

In the Highlands, 1937 First shown in the March 1937 edition of the Post Office magazine, this picture shows a post office van on its delivery route near Nairn in the Scottish Highlands.

Royal Mail stamp machines, this photo shows decimal on one side and old money on the other. that is because the 50p coin was introduced in 1969 after the withdrawal of the 10/- note, but before decimalisation

Royal Mail stamp machines, this photo shows decimal on one side and old money on the other. that is because the 50p coin was introduced in 1969 after the withdrawal of the 10/- note, but before decimalisation

Letter from Santa card cover 1963. © Royal Mail Group Ltd, courtesy of The British Postal Museum & Archive

Dear Santa: the history of writing to Father Christmas

Letter from Santa card cover 1963. © Royal Mail Group Ltd, courtesy of The British Postal Museum & Archive

"The letter", photographed in London by Cecil Beaton (1940) Beaton took many photographs of bombed-out London, concentrating on the strange juxtapositions the debris provided.

"The letter", photographed in London by Cecil Beaton (1940) Beaton took many photographs of bombed-out London, concentrating on the strange juxtapositions the debris provided.

Vintage Melissa Cigarette Case Box Holder 50s Made In England Maroon colour Enamelled Vintage Melissa ladies Cigarette case This is a beautiful 1950s vintage cigarette case. It is gold tone with maroon enamel on the front. The case is marked inside MELISSA MADE IN ENGLAND. In very good preloved vintage condition. Please study all pictures for your own impressions? We will always combine postage but please contact me first for a quote. I ship via Royal Mail, DHL,USP, post-priority service…

Vintage Melissa Cigarette Case Box Holder 50s Made In England Maroon colour Enamelled

Vintage Melissa Cigarette Case Box Holder 50s Made In England Maroon colour Enamelled Vintage Melissa ladies Cigarette case This is a beautiful 1950s vintage cigarette case. It is gold tone with maroon enamel on the front. The case is marked inside MELISSA MADE IN ENGLAND. In very good preloved vintage condition. Please study all pictures for your own impressions? We will always combine postage but please contact me first for a quote. I ship via Royal Mail, DHL,USP, post-priority service…

The Royal Mail’s underground ‘mini’ railway was used to take letters (and possibly workers) along the tracks to different station/sorting offices stretching from Paddington to Whitechapel. In 2002, it had become an uneconomical service, losing an estimated 1.2M a day, and quietly shut down.

The Royal Mail’s underground ‘mini’ railway was used to take letters (and possibly workers) along the tracks to different station/sorting offices stretching from Paddington to Whitechapel. In 2002, it had become an uneconomical service, losing an estimated 1.2M a day, and quietly shut down.

Royal Mail's new stamps from magical realms: Rincewind, first-class stamp.

Gallery: Royal Mail: Stamps from magical realms

Kate, 35, wore a pale blue dress for last night's event and although she was seen without any jewellery or a tiara she still managed to steal the show at the Natural History Museum event.

Duchess of Cambridge visits the Natural History Museum

Kate, 35, wore a pale blue dress for last night's event and although she was seen without any jewellery or a tiara she still managed to steal the show at the Natural History Museum event.

Historic British post boxes.  There was a period where blue post boxes were briefly in vogue. These boxes, such as this George V example, which stands outside Windsor Castle, were for air mail. They were introduced to tourist venues between 1930 and 1938. However, having separate air mail boxes proved to be too costly and in 1938 the Royal Mail decided  any box could be used to post air mail. The Windsor box is now a tourist attraction only, and can no longer be used.

Historic British post boxes, in pictures

Historic British post boxes. There was a period where blue post boxes were briefly in vogue. These boxes, such as this George V example, which stands outside Windsor Castle, were for air mail. They were introduced to tourist venues between 1930 and 1938. However, having separate air mail boxes proved to be too costly and in 1938 the Royal Mail decided any box could be used to post air mail. The Windsor box is now a tourist attraction only, and can no longer be used.

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