The event in the Letterbox
The event in the Letterbox
The Development of the Letterbox
In the pre-post box era, there are two main methods for delivering correspondence; senders could be necessitated to bring their mail with a Receiving House, or would await the Bellman. The latter would patrol the streets, collecting post from the community. In order to distinguish himself, and make his presence known, the Bellman dons a uniform and sound familiar.
It is at 1852 that this suggestion of road-side boxes finally became a reality, having a trial proposed to the Channel Islands. Three cast-iron pillar boxes were placed on Jersey to understand the brand new system.
The success in the experiment resulted in a different four being placed on Guernsey, one ofthese now forms part of the British Postal Museum & Archive collection. Letter boxes then began appearing about the mainland as of 1853.
However, there is confirmed no universal pillar box design with which we have been currently familiar. Design and manufacture was at the discretion of local authorities, plus it what food was in 1859 that attempts were designed to standardise the structures.
Horizontal slits took over as the favoured option over vertical ones, and became the norm in here letterbox design. Further improvements upon the first included the addition in the protruding cap to shield the contents in the elements.
As of 1859, the therapy lamp was to be accessible by 50 percent sizes; a more substantial and wider size for highly populated areas, as well as a smaller version for elsewhere. However, the standardised pillar boxes did not receive universal acclaim. It was contrary to the backdrop of which criticism that the Liverpool Special was formulated.
This prompted the Post Office (opened in 1861) to create another standard letter box in 1866. Again, this is not only a huge success and so, an additional design started in 1879. This final design could be the one with which we're used to today. It was two years before this that the iconic red colour from the post boxes became a standard feature.
Before now, preferred colour option was green as a way to blend in with the green British pastures. However, following a barrage of complaints the structures were to difficult to locate because of the camouflage, it turned out agreed that bright red was the best option. The programme of re-painting lasted for approximately 10 years.
For the populace in particular, the introduction and refinement of letter boxes enhanced the capability for sending and receiving mail easily. With the exception of oversized parcel delivery, everyone was afforded access with a delivery service nothing you've seen prior witnessed in Great Britain.