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With the cost of First Class postage going up a staggering 30% from 46p to 60p tomorrow, I'm pleased to say that at least this exhibition from The Royal Mail Archive is free!

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.

Details of the exhibition can be found here.

Photo: A mail cart driven across the shore line bound for Holy Island.

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