In 2016, Royal Mail celebrates 500 years of operating a regular, organised postal service. The sttamps marked this historic landmark by telling the story of how a formal postal network was established and expanded to ensure efficient movement of communications.
1st Class Packetship-‘Mail Packet off Eastbourne’ Oil on canvas by Capt Victor Howes, RN. Image courtesy of the BPMA
1st Class Penfold Pillar Box – Foreground Penfold Pillar Box (BPMA). Background Letter written by Anthony Trollope proposing pillar boxes in St Peter’s Port, Guernsey, 19 December 1851 (BPMA)
£1.52 Riverpost Girl – Image courtesy of the IWM
£1.52 Mailcoach- Foreground Mailcoach (BPMA). Background Letter from John Palmer re introduction of Mail Coaches in Portsmouth (BPMA)
£1.52 Medway Mail Centre- The recently opened £70 million mail centre which replaced four sites based in Kent. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)