Returned parcels

Over the years, numerous strange items have found their way into the post. Guides held in the archive provide detailed regulations on sending items such as eggs, butter, and bees. Sometimes the items were permissible, but the packaging was inadequate. For example, game was occasionally posted with simply a label tied around the neck bearing the address of the recipient. The 1937 Post Office Guide gives detailed instructions of the packing of game, but concludes stating: ‘game posted without covering, i.e. with a neck label only, will, however, be accepted, but only if the label is securely tied, and if i) the game is fresh and dry and not so ‘high’ as to taint other parcels, and ii) no liquid is likely to exude.’