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My London Hood: The Postal Museum in London

post boxes

I know communications has moved on and now everyone just uses text messages, emails and DMs or social media but The Postal Museum was a gem I found tucked in the depths of Clerkenwell (a London District), one day as I was going to Gails an artisan bakery.

 It was free entry and had lots of activities for children and adults. The battered green post box on the left hand-side is the first ever, the next was a special edition for Queen Victoria and then gold one for some celebration. Not sure what, it was probably the Olympics or something.

Though small the had plenty of display, like old carriages, and tales of highway robbers and a few fire arms on display.
royal mail carriage







This was the motorbikes for the telegram boys, no need for that with email now.

Old fashioned telephones and there was a telephone box as well.

You can see a few around central London, but mostly for tourists.

A few display of war time letters, they were very poignant, and a few sad, others happy.
letters from the postal museum
This was a sad one during one of the world wars, and I think it was from India, the one below was more humorous.
letters from the postal museum
letters from the postal museum
This sent from a man writing his girlfriend from the warfront saying maybe he should apply if she doesn't want him. It was in a new paper cutting to enclosed in his letter. I would make a nice romance novel, don't you think. I wonder if the girls every got matched up? As you can see there was no dowry, but beauty and youth were the compensation.

This was my feedback, and it saved me from finding another location for this feature.

I highly recommend visiting it. There are no crowds, lots of activities and great displays. There is also a gift shop and outdoor cafe.

https://www.postalmuseum.org

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