Wednesday, 17 February 2016

New stamps to celebrate 500 years of postal deliveries

Royal Mail has got a brand new set of stamps to celebrate 500 years of postal deliveries.

Royal Mail stamp
In 1516 this man, Sir Brian Tuke, became the first Master of the Posts. Since that year there have been regular organised postal deliveries.

Mail coach
Back in the eighteenth century this mail coach was used to deliver letters.

Mail Packet Ship
To get further out, ships like this were used.

Penfold Pillar Box
An earlier version of the post box - this is the Penfold Pillar Box, first put up in 1866 and hexagonal in shape.
A river postwoman
You might be used to seeing postmen and women walking or driving around the streets delivering mail, but here's a woman who delivered post by river.

Medway Mail Centre
Fast forward to the 21st century and this picture of a mail centre shows how sorting out mail is now a lot more high tech.

CBBC Newsround

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