Think of a letter box and you are more than likely to imagine a cylindrical pillar box, but this would be to misrepresent the vast range of different shapes of letter boxes that have been produced over the decades. In years gone by, pillar boxes have been rectangular, oval and hexagonal.

Rectangular boxes have been tried more than once, but the design has never lasted particularly long for varying reasons.

Oval boxes have been in production for many years and are often found in towns and cities where larger volumes of mail dictate the use of larger post boxes. London has large numbers of these "double" pillar boxes.

Hexagonal boxes were popular during the earlier periods and one can be seen in our logo. This type of letter box is a favourite of many members and was produced in numerous variations.

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