In celebration of London Dog Week Deputy Curator Jessica shares her favourite museum canines.

From dog licenses, paintings to postcards and valentine cards, dogs can be found throughout The Postal Museum’s Collections. Coming for a visit? See how many you can spot in our galleries

In the meantime, here are just a few of my favourites…

‘A Halted Mailcoach’, 1830 – 1850. Oil on canvas by Henry Alken Snr. (OB1996.324)

Counter scenes at Mount Pleasant Branch Office, 1965. Photograph. (POST 118/17750)

Humorous scene of puppies getting into the Postman’s mailbag, date stamped 6 Jun 1908 (2018-0065)

Wintery scene of a man, likely a postman, leading his horse through the snow, 19th Century. Black and white non-photographic lantern slide. (2012-0139/2)

‘Letter Carrier with Dog’ silhouette, 19th century. Possibly watercolour by unknown artist. (2004-0182)

Mail art envelope sent to Jacqui McLennan, 1976-1979 (2016-0011/38)

Shaped valentine card with paper honeycomb, c.1930. Printed in Germany (OB1995.53/10)

‘Dogs’ Commemorative stamps, 7 Feb 1979. Designed by Peter Barrett

Paintings of Dogs by George Stubbs Commemorative stamps, 8 Jan 1991. Designed by Carroll, Dempsey & Thirkell Limited

‘Post much earlier this Christmas’ poster, Nov 1942 by Jan Le Witt and George Him. (POST 110/1171)

Dog Licence issued to Eileen Rose Webley, allowing her to keep one dog in Great Britain for the sum of seven shillings and six pence. The reverse of the license lists symptoms of rabies in dogs. Issued 9 Jan 1948. (2009-0385)

‘Your letterbox’ poster promoting letter box regulations, 1962 by Ronald Searle. (POST 110/1453)

‘Hurrying to catch the post’ picture postcard sent from Scotland to Suffolk, 20 Sep 1925. (2005-0082/65)

A 3D Mechanical New Year Card, circa. 1880-90s. The card is a cut out, the base folds out to stand and the tail wags. (2017-0046/2)

‘A Merry Merry Christmas’ Christmas card, 1882. (2006-0285/1)

Want to know more about dogs and the postal service? Take a look at my other blogs; Part 1 and Part 2.

– Jessica Woolf, Deputy Curator