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|BC614BS||Post & Go - Royal Mail Heritage - Mail by Bike - Machine Stamps, signed Mark Heap||£28.50||Limited Availability|
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Issue Date: 12/09/2018
Issue Name: Post & Go - Royal Mail Heritage - Mail by Bike
Producer: Buckingham Covers
In Feb 2016 Royal Mail issued the Royal Mail Heritage: Transport set as part of the Royal Mail 500 celebrations. Post & Go issues in 2017 and 2018 built on the theme, creating a series exploring the transportation of mail in greater detail. Mail by Bike is the fifth issue in this series and follows Mail by Rail (February 2017), Mail by Air (September 2017) and Mail by Sea (February 2018).
Our lovely cover has a stunning image of a country scene and features all 6 Mail by Bike stamps along with a Horsham postmark, and is available signed by actor and comedian Mark Heap, who played postman Thomas in Larkrise to Candleford.
Mail by Bike
Following the invention of the Penny Farthing in 1871 the Post Office sought a method of using cycles to deliver the increasing amount of post. Cycles were used in regional trials as a delivery method from 1880 but with limited success.
In 1882 five wheeled pentacycles, designed and patented by the architect Edward Burstow, and informally known as ‘hen and chicks’, were trialled by rural postmen in Horsham, Sussex. These cycles consisted of a single centre wheel and four smaller wheels, with two baskets for carrying the load. Whilst there were obvious benefits, the bikes were heavy and difficult to steer and did not make it further than the initial trials.
In 1978 the Post Office introduced the new premium service Expresspost and small vans were used for the delivery, in most towns and cities. Motorcycles continued to be used, including quad bikes which were employed between 2001 and 2010 in Scotland, ideal for delivering through rough terrain and areas inaccessible on foot.
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Mark Heap is an English actor, best known for his roles in television comedies such as Spaced, Brass Eye, Big Train, Jam, Green Wing, Upstart Crow and Friday Night Dinner. He played Thomas Brown the local postman in Larkrise to Candleford.