The post bus

I missed a photo out of the ‘Gettin’ the buzz‘ post which highlighted a practice I wasn’t previously aware of.


Read the caption - click on the image for a larger version. From 'Memories of Brownhills Past' by Clarice Mayo & Geoff Harrington.

I noticed at the time of compiling the article that the two busses in the garden had similar letterboxes on the front. Was this a national, or purely local thing? Why on the offside, and not the nearside? Did they actually get used, and was anyone ever hurt in so doing? When did the practice die out?

I’m interested because it seems like a genuine example of civic interaction and co-operation which is seldom seen today…

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5 Responses to The post bus

  1. Mark says:

    Post boxes on buses – fascinating Bob, never knew about that…

    Here’s a pic of one in Huddersfield

  2. Pedro says:

    Interesting query Bob, I have posted it on the Birmingham History Forum o see if anyone has any memories.

    Best wishes Peter

    • Thanks, Pedro. Sorry for the delay in replying, you know how it is. Pleased to see we managed to see off your complainer over on Panoramio… as to the postbox on the bus, I’ve never heard of it before. It seems such a good idea.

      All the best


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