Symbols of a short reign

With a reign of just over 10 months, Edward VIII was one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British history. As a result not many postal objects were produced bearing his cypher.

This tin, with an asbestos fire blanket, was recovered from the disused manual exchange at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire in 1982. The exchange was an integral part of the former Wellingborough Head Post Office. 'EVIIIR' is painted in gold at the top with a Tudor crown above.

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