|BC024C||Postboxes, Pillar box stamps on our Coventry Cathedral cover, unsigned||£35.00||Limited Availability|
|BC024A||Postboxes, unsigned||£45.00||Limited Availability|
|BC024B1||Postboxes, signed by Tony Benn, Chris Chataway & Edward Short||£90.00||Limited Availability|
|BC024B||Postboxes, signed by Edward Short, Chris Chataway & Roy Mason||£100.00||Limited Availability|
|BC024BB||Postboxes, signed by Roy Mason, Chris Chataway, Tony Benn, Edward Short||£100.00||Limited Availability|
|BC024J||Postboxes cover with the World Cup miniature sheet, signed by Eusabio da Silva Ferreira||£150.00||Limited Availability|
|BC024K||Postboxes cover with a 2003 Wilding Definitive Sheet of stamps, signed by Terry Pratchett||£200.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 08/10/2002
Issue Name: 150th Anniversary of the First Pillar Box
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The red British pillar box is much-loved part of everyday life and in 2002, our Postboxes became officially classed as national treasures by English Heritage and Royal Mail. This nostalgic cover captures the tradition of our well-loved red Postboxes. The reverse tells the story of how the British post began. This is an official Bath Postal Museum first day cover. It is available signed by Edward Short, Chris Chataway, Roy Mason, Tony Benn, Terry Pratchett, or Eusabio.
Sir Rowland Hill, secretary to the Postmaster General, and later secretary to the Post Office, persuaded the government that a single rate penny post was a feasible service. In order to have a proof of payment, a label was to be affixd to the outer cover of the letters and the first stamp in the world, the Penny Black was born. The single rate post was very popular and, so that all letters did not have to be taken to the post offices by the sender, posting boxes were set up throughout the country. Today there are many different types of post box. Some are free standing at street corners and others are fixed in walls. Each box has the initials of the King or Queen of the time when it was installed.
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Roy Mason, Baron Mason of Barnsley, PC, DL was a British Labour politician and Cabinet minister who was Secretary of State for Defence and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the late 1970s.
Sir Christopher John Chataway, often known as Chris Chataway, was a British middle- and long-distance runner, television news broadcaster, and Conservative politician.
Edward Watson Short, Baron Glenamara, CH, PC was a British Labour politician. He was Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and served as a minister during the Labour Governments of Harold Wilson.
Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, originally known as Anthony Wedgwood Benn, but later as Tony Benn, was a British politician, writer, and diarist.
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Sir Terence David John Pratchett OBE was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971.