Other Posting boxes
Alongside the more traditional letter boxes, the BPMA collection also holds a range of the more unusual boxes. Non-traditional boxes actually have a strong history within the Post Office. The idea of locally built, bespoke, boxes in some cases pre-dates the standard issue box we recognise today.
Within the BPMA collection there are around ten examples of these 'other' boxes. The largest group is the private posting boxes. We also hold mobile boxes, bracket boxes and boxes especially made for particular sites.
The idea of a large country house having its own box in which the residents could post their letters securely is believed to pre-date the British pillar box. These boxes did not become more common, however, until later.
Examples from our Collection
Here are some examples of other posting boxes in our collection: