Empire Mail: George V and the GPO

This online version of Empire Mail: George V and the GPO offers a taste of the exhibition which was mounted at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London from 7 May to 25 July 2010.

Empire Mail explores the passions of King George V, the 'philatelist king', and the extraordinary period of design and innovation in the General Post Office during his reign.

The exhibition was a collaboration between The British Postal Museum & Archive and the Royal Philatelic Collection with the Guildhall Art Gallery, and was part of London 2010: Festival of Stamps.

Image of The World of George V

The World of George V

King George V came to the throne on the 70th anniversary of the Penny Black...


Image of Conflict

Conflict

In wartime, one of the most important means of maintaining morale is an efficient mail service...


Image of British Empire Exhibition

British Empire Exhibition

The British Empire Exhibition aimed to celebrate the British Empire's diversity...


Image of Royal Philatelic Collection

Royal Philatelic Collection

The Collection today owes its existence to the knowledge and expertise of King George V...


Image of Celebration

Celebration

Two great events were celebrated during George V's reign - his Coronation and his Silver Jubilee...


Image of Mail by Road & Rail

Mail by Road & Rail

At the beginning of George V's reign postal collection and delivery was by horse-drawn vehicles...


Image of Mail by Air & Sea

Mail by Air & Sea

Before the coming of the aeroplane, all mail abroad had to go by sea...


Image of Design & Innovation

Design & Innovation

In 1933, Sir Stephen Tallents was appointed to the post of Public Relations Officer...


Image of How Stamps Were Made

How Stamps Were Made

Two methods were employed to print the first British stamps of King George V...



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