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A mail cart is being driven across a shoreline bound for Holy Island (POST 118/854)

A mail cart is being driven across a shoreline bound for Holy Island (POST 118/854)

A mail cart is being driven across a shoreline bound for Holy Island. A man driving the cart is accompanied by two female passengers. (POST 118/854)

A Mobile Post Office at Ascot Races (POST 118/872)

A Mobile Post Office at Ascot Races (POST 118/872)

A Mobile Post Office at Ascot Races (POST 118/872)

The Post Office in Pictures

Rural Arts, The Old Courthouse, North Yorkshire

30 March - 11 April 2015

The Post Office in Pictures is an exhibition showcasing iconic photographic images sourced from The Royal Mail Archive.

In 1933 Sir Stephen Tallents was appointed Public Relations Officer to the General Post Office (GPO), and so began a major project to promote the range of postal services to the British public. One initiative was the establishment of The Post Office Magazine, intended to give a sense of shared community, camaraderie and endeavour. In order to do this, the GPO employed photographers to create beautiful, informative and often humorous photographs of the Post Office at work.

While the photographic documentation of the Post Office at work in the community has continued to today, this exhibition will celebrate photographs from the BPMA collection covering the 1930s to the 1990s.

Tour Dates

Rural Arts, The Old Courthouse, North Yorkshire  30 March - 11 April 2015

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What visitors have said...

The scenery showing Britain in all its variety... It was perfect!

The variety of the photographs and the sense of a long history of the GPO having been preserved.

It's easy to forget how rural communities get their mail.

The excellent design of the exhibition, as well as the photographs and the magazines.

The [Post Office] magazines- could read them for hours.

The terrific range of excellent photographs that depict Britain in the twentieth century - an excellent heritage.

Being an ex postal worker from GPO days - nostalgic.

It’s wonderful variety, it’s historical spread and it’s witty presentation!

A deepened sense of the history of the Post Office and that the PO’s activities have been recorded and preserved so well.


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