The BPMA's letter box collection includes over 50 pillar boxes. It reflects their history from one of the first boxes trialled in the UK to modern designs and prototypes. It includes rarities such as boxes from the short reign of Edward VIII but also more common types of boxes.
It depicts the significant variations in pillar box design in the years following their introduction and the evolution to the standard red, cylindrical box first used in 1879 that has today become such a well-known British icon.
Examples from our Collection
Here are some examples of pillar boxes in our collection: