An Interesting Fact About Royal Mail Post Boxes
You might have wondered what the letters at the top of Royal Mail postboxes mean.
For many people, they won't remember anything other than "ER" - but in fact there has been many different designs since the postboxes were first introduced in 1840.
The letters usually refer to the reigning monarch at the time that the postbox was installed, so ER refers to Queen Elizabeth II. We actually have some of these in stock - Cast Iron Royal Mail Post Box (Elizabeth II) . Roughly 60% of the postboxes in use today feature this design.
A smaller number feature the sign of George VI, who reigned from 1936 to 1952. We have some of these in stock too - Cast Iron Royal Mail Post Box - George VI - notice the difference in the design!
The famous Royal Mail letterbox has become an iconic part of the street landscape in the UK, so much so that many are now protected as listed buildings. There are over 115,000 of them in the UK, and by law, Royal Mail is required to ensure that 98% of the addresses in the UK are within half a mile of a post box.
In more recent times, people have been using replica Royal Mail Post Boxes for use at weddings and other functions. This is a lovely way to deposit cards and presents! We have some white Royal Mail post boxes in stock too.
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