The Post Office in Pictures

The Post Office in Pictures is an exhibition showcasing a selection of inspiring images sourced from the vast collections of the British Postal Museum & Archive.

In 1934, the General Post Office (GPO) established its Public Relations Department. Headed by the entrepreneurial Sir Stephen Tallents, the department's aim was to promote good relations with the public, to provide guidance on using postal services, and to gather and interpret customer feedback to help shape the work of the GPO.

Photography was one of the key tools used by the PR Department to reach and engage with the general public. In order to supply its fledgling Post Office Magazine with professionally-produced photographs, Tallents secured the services of skilled photographers from the Engineer-in-Chief's Department. Members of the GPO Photographic Unit began to accompany the magazine's journalists, creating visually appealing, informative and often humorous articles about daily life in Britain.

Image of The Post Office Magazine

The Post Office Magazine

The Post Office Magazine was published for staff and the general public alike...


Image of Difficult Deliveries

Difficult Deliveries

Difficult deliveries are a recurring theme throughout the magazines...


Image of Temporary Services

Temporary Services

The GPO often set up temporary services for special occasions and events...  


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Special Deliveries

The Post Office also made special deliveries of particular items – herrings from Great Yarmouth...


Image of Courier

Courier

After a hiatus for the Second World War, public relations activity began again in earnest...


Image of GPO Photographic Library

GPO Photographic Library

In 1969, the Post Office ceased to be a government department...



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