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This year, The Postal Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ‘F’ type letter box. Two rare examples of the ‘F’ type, none of which now survive on the streets, will be displayed at The Postal Museum’s stand at Autumn Stampex International 2018, from 12th-15th September.
On show will be the complete box, an example with the front and side panels removed, exposing the experimental internal clearance mechanism, as well as additional information about the history of the development of the box.
At the end of last month, The Postal Museum announced that The Royal Mail Heritage Transport Post & Go stamps featuring Mail by Bike will be available from its Post & Go machine from 12th September 2018.
The stamps will replace the Mail Coach design and feature six historical types of bikes and motorbikes used for the delivery of mail. From the 1882 five-wheeled Pentacycle that was trialled but never entered wider service to the 2002 Quad Bike, used by Royal Mail on more difficult terrain. All designs are available as 1st class and will run until November 2018.
The 50th anniversary of the ‘F’ type letter box will also be celebrated with an overprint reading ‘F’ Box 50’ on the Machin designs from 12 September 2018. This will be available on all values both 1st and 2nd class. The box will be exhibited at Autumn Stampex and later at The Postal Museum.
The stamp featuring the iconic 1968 square letter box will replace the unoverprinted Machin designs and will be last until November 2018.
A limited edition of 400 First Day Covers for the ‘F’ type letter box issue along with 400 First Day Covers and a Presentation Pack for the Mail by Bike issue will be available to purchase from The Postal Museum’s shop.
The Post & Go machine is available at The Postal Museum during normal opening hours. Please see www.postalmuseum.org for more information.