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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.

The mail boats of St Kilda

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.

Horse-drawn mail van, 1887.

Mr Poppleton’s Horse

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.

Depiction of the original mail coach that travelled from Bristol to Bath to London in 1784.

John Palmer’s First Mail Coach, oil on canvas by Ben Maile, contemporary British artist born in 1922 and living in Ireland. This work was commissioned by The Post Office to illustrate the book,.

Mail being sorted at a Field Post Office, First World War. (POST 56/6)

Mail being sorted at a Field Post Office, First World War.

Travelling Post Office bag apparatus. (POST 118/5744)

Venture to our Museum Store on 24th August to find out more about Mail Rail…

Venture to our Museum Store on August to find out more about Mail Rail…

1980s Greenbat mail train used on Mail Rail, AKA the Post Office Railway, the driverless electric railway system that moved post under the streets of London for more than 75 years.

A visit down to Mail Rail

Greenbat mail train used on Mail Rail, AKA the Post Office Railway, the driverless electric railway system that moved post under the streets of London for more than 75 years.

A mail coach being drawn by horses along a road in heavy #rain, near #Taunton, #Somerset, 19th Century.

A mail coach being drawn by horses along a road in heavy near Century.

Map of Dover 1940-44, showing bombed spots. #WW2

Shells over the White Cliffs

Map of Dover showing bombed spots.

Postman delivering at Oast Houses, Kent, 1930s.

Postman delivering at Oast Houses, Kent,

A postman delivers mail to cottages in North Street in Brighstone, Isle of Wight, 1937.

House numbering in the UK

A postman delivers mail to cottages in North Street in Brighstone, Isle of Wight,

A postman pushes a hand cart with a large GPO basket on it along a promenade, 1938. The basket contains mail unloaded from the Canadian Pacific Railways liner Duchess of Bedford at Greenock. Beginning its journey in places such as New Zealand and China, once unloaded, the mail was then sorted in the open air ‘sorting office’ of the Princes Pier before being despatched for delivery across the United Kingdom. (POST 118/851)

130 years of the parcel post

Postman delivering mail at Greenock, Scotland, 1938 (by British Postal Museum & Archive)

A film history of the Royal Mail, made in the 1960s.

History of the postal service and the royal mail, -- Film 9127

A parcel delivery to Pilkington Glass at St. Helens, Merseyside, one of Parcelforce’s major contract customers. Image used in The Post Office Reports and Accounts, 1989-1990. (010-005-001)

130 years of the parcel post

A parcel delivery to Pilkington Glass at St. Helens, Merseyside, one of Parcelforce’s major contract customers. Image used in The Post Office Reports and Accounts,

Sub Postmaster, Blanefield. A man stands beside a parked car on a road with its boot open. He is receiving parcels from a postman who is wearing waterproofs.

Sub Postmaster, Blanefield. A man stands beside a parked car on a road with its boot open. He is receiving parcels from a postman who is wearing waterproofs.

Mohammad Rahim, Kabul postman, makes his rounds.

Delivering mail in Kabul, where streets have no name

Mohammad Rahim, Kabul postman, makes his rounds.