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Where to Find the World’s Oldest Post Office


Having a post office in the local community is more important than having a bank or a pub, according to new research from Citizens’ Advice. The consumer group has found that 49% of UK residents rate a post office as one of the neighbourhood’s most valuable services.

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WWII: A letter from Home


The Selectabase team will be observing the 2-minute silence to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II and other conflicts. We will remember them.

Letters from home were extremely important to the armed forces during World War II, but communication was difficult before the days of email and instant messaging.

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The Royal Cypher Explained


The Royal Cypher is a monogram-like emblem representing a country’s reigning monarch. Usually consisting of the sovereign’s initials and title, this is often interwoven with a crown. In Commonwealth countries, such as Great Britain, the title is abbreviated to “R” – short for “Rex” or “Regina”, the Latin words for king and queen.

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The History of the Postman’s Uniform


A postman walking up the garden path has been a familiar sight for more than 200 years. Today, postmen and women have been allowed to adopt a more casual uniform including shorts and polo shirts, but this hasn’t always been the case.

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Stamp Vending Machines: A Brief History


Stamp vending machines were an invention of the early 20th century, in the days when the price of a first-class British stamp was one penny and featured King Edward VII.

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