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Life-size reproduction Edwardian Post Office in Milestones Museum,
My mother's written recollections of
life in her childhood in the early 1900s described the postmen
and telegraph boys of the period, but did not mention the post office
or posting letters. I
have tried to discover what Edwardian post offices and post boxes were like from museums, old books and
pictures. This page illustrates what I have discovered so far. If you can add
anything or correct a misunderstanding, do please let me know.
In the early 1900s, which were Edwardian times, the post offices and post
boxes would have been much as they were in Victorian times. I have
certainly found Edwardian stamps, but not yet an Edwardian post box.
The Victorian/Edwardian Post Office
Inside a late Victorian or Edwardian Post Office - a
picture from an old book in my mother's effects.
Model of a post boy collecting a parcel for
delivery - photographed in Milton Keynes Museum. (The accuracy of
museums' mock-ups cannot be guaranteed, as I have noticed serious errors
in mock-ups elsewhere - hence my preference for photographs from the
Victorian post boxes still in use in Edwardian times
There were post boxes on street corners and in other convenient places, so that people did not have to go to the Post Office.
A Victorian pillar box / post box -
photographed in Fagans Museum of Welsh Life.
The decorative scroll half-way up the letter box, actually the
initials VR entwined, standing for Victoria Regina. 'Regina' is the
official title for a Queen.
Edwardian postage stamp
Posting a letter in the 1890s - which would have been similar to
in the early 1900s. From a magazine in Bath Postal Museum.
Posting a letter in a Victorian or Edwardian post box
- detail from a picture in Fagans Museum of Welsh Life.
If you can add anything to this page or provide a photo,
I would be pleased to hear from you.