A St Kilda islander launches a “mail boat”. "Mail boats" were used by the St Kilda islanders to send mail to the mainland. St Kilda was never served by a regular mail service which meant the islanders could not communicate with the mainland during the winter months when boats did not visit the island. "Mail boats", made from available materials such as tin cans and sheep's bladders, were carried by the Gulf Stream currents. They often landed in Northern Scotland or Norway.
One of the most popular items in our collection is this sick note issued for a horse in "Mr T C Poppleton's horse of The Post Office is suffering from sore shoulders and unable to perform his official duties" the note reads.