Postal services

Explore the history of postal services, including changes to postage rates over the years, post offices, new machines, the origins of modern postcodes and more…
  • Internal postage & parcel rates

    Ever wonder what postage cost at particular times? Here you can download documents listing internal postage and parcel rates.

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  • Postcodes

    Find out all about the origins of modern postcodes.

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  • Post Office Statistics

    Charts and statistics illustrating the fluctuating fortunes of the Post Office and Royal Mail over the past 170 years.

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  • Postal mechanisation

    Machines used in the sorting, cancelling, collection and delivery of mail.

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  • Postal History of India

    The postal history of India is tied to its complex political history. We can shed some light on British influences.

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