HISTORY LESSON – 5

Post it notes.

The first postage stamp was the Penny Black introduced in 1840. This stamp in pristine condition can be worth £2000. When left in a pocket of your jeans and put through a 40C wash it is then worth less than its original value.

There remains an old statute from 1869 that if your postman is bitten by your dog he has the right to demand a bath and a massage from the mistress of the household.

Postman’s bags shrink in the cold weather and there is a real fear about the possibility of white Christmases amongst all postal workers and their wives.

The pillar box in Piccadilly Circus in London became so popular with tourists in the 1920’s that it had to be emptied several times a day. In 1942 it was blown up by a bomb and during the restoration a conveyor belt was installed in a chamber underneath it that takes mail directly to the sorting office in St Martins Lane. The savings the Post Office has made so far amount to approximately £670,000.

The favourite method of trying to kill husbands in Walthamstow is for the wife to add arsenic to the back of stamps.

The highest rate of suicide attempts amongst postal workers is at the post office in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales. This coincided with the appointment of ‘Dyslexic David’ who was the head postmaster for many years. He wondered why so many of his co-workers topped themselves but he put it down to the water supply.
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(Hmmm. Looks up estate agents and removal firms in Walthamstow. Lo,TG Ed)

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