From top left: Post boy 1640s, Mail coach 1790s, Falmouth packet ship 1820s,
Travelling Post Office 1890s, Airmail 1930s, Royal Mail Mini-van 1970s.
Post boy 1640s - Post boys could be of almost any age
and carried messages between relay points some 20 miles (32km) apart, the
distance a horse could travel at speed before being replaced. Post boys
kept to time and carried a horn, blown periodically, to warn of their approach.
Mail coach 1790s - The first mail coach ran between Bristol and London on 2 August 1784. At the time, coaches were among the swiftest vehicles on the road. The only postal employee on board was the heavily armed mail guard. The last London-based mail coach ran in April 1846.
Falmouth packet ship, 1820s - The earliest packet ships
were designed for speed rather than security and were subject to many
hazards, including poor seas and the possibility of being attacked by
Falmouth became an important port for ships sailing to the West Indies and the Mediterranean.
Travelling Post Office, 1890s - The first purpose-built Travelling Post Office (TPO), in which mail was sorted en route, ran on 20 January 1838. Many of the trains exchanged mail pouches without stopping via trackside bag exchange apparatus. The last exchange took place in 1971. Today, mail still travels in sealed train carriages.
Airmail, 1930s. - The world’s first scheduled airmail service began on 9 September 1911. The use of airplanes for long-distance transport of mail increased significantly during the 1920s and 1930s. Originally intended for Imperial Airways’ European mail routes, HP 45 G-AAXE Hengist first flew on 8 December 1931.
Royal Mail Minivan, 1970s - Minivans were purchased in large numbers in the 1970s following the demise of the Morris Minor. They were ideal for smaller collection and delivery duties in towns, but low height and limited ground clearance made them less suitable for rural deliveries.
The labels will be used in Post & Go machines at Post Offices around
the country, and from the Royal Mail machines at Spring Stampex.
A mint set of 6 x 1st will also be available from Royal Mail's Tallents House Bureau in a pack similar to a presentation pack. All values in the pack are 1st Class and the details are printed in gravure.
Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown here. These are not to scale. These postmarks cannot be obtained after the date of issue. (More may be published later.)
|Ref FD1603TH Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark with text POST & GO 2016|| Ref FD1603PL Official Letters,
Garve, first day postmark with design showing parts of several
Royal Mail Heritage Transport
Post and Go Postal Heritage
| Ref L13711
Post and Go Postal Heritage
All the handstamps dated 17 February may also be used on FDCs for these, including those shown on the Royal Mail 500 page. except those with FD numbers. See especially numbers 13709 and 13735
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