Posts tagged “Did you know ...”

Recent UK pillar boxes have the initials ERII (Elizabeth Regina II), while older ones are inscribed with GVIR, GVR, and more, with some going as far back as to have VR on them (for Queen Victoria). Instead, Scottish post boxes have the Scottish crown, the words “post office”, or some combination of the two. 
Did you know ... 
From 1927 to 2003, Royal Mail in London had its own Underground rail system, dubbed “Mail Rail”. The line ran from the Paddington Head Sorting Office to the Eastern Head District Sorting Office in Whitechapel. It operated 19 hours per day for 286 days per year and carried around 4 million letters a day. 
The Royal Mail uses 342 million rubber bands per year to bundle up letters and packages. RMG’s rubber bands are red so that the letters can be more easily spotted. 
After the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, over 100 post boxes were painted gold in honour of the United Kingdom’s gold medal winners in both the Olympics and the Paralympics. 
Our site uses cookies. For more information, see our cookie policy. Accept cookies and close
Reject cookies Manage settings