500 Years of Royal Mail Stamp Issue

royal mail 500 yearsIn 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 Sir Brian Tuke- Foreground Sir Brian Tuke, c.1527-8 or c.1532-34.  Background Letter from Brian Tuke to Cromwell (BPMA)royal mail 500 years stamps

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)

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