Anonymous Box (1879)

This iconic cylindrical pillar box was first introduced in 1879 and, with a few minor modifications, is still in use today. The box pictured was one of the first of its type and was known as the ‘Anonymous’ box as the royal cipher, crown and the words ‘Post Office’ had been accidentally omitted. The oversight was not corrected until 1887. Original examples exist in Buxton, Chester and Liverpool.

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