24 Apr 2015
DS "Union Flag"
15 x 14 (Die-Cut and Elliptical)
Royal Mail Stock Code: AV032
Issued on the bicentenary of the birth of Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)
he was one of the most successful and respected English novelists of the
Victorian era and had a long association with the Post Office. Anthony
Trollope began his career with the Post Office in 1834 when, at the age of
19, he became a Post Office clerk at St Martin's-le-Grand in London.
Though his early career was not especially distinguished, as his
responsibilities grew so did his enthusiasm for the postal service during
an innovative and interesting period of its history, with the introduction
of the penny post and the steady organisation of efficient delivery
routes. One of Trollope's key achievements was his determined lobbying for
the introduction of pillar boxes into Britain. Such facilities already
existed in France and so during a review of postal services in the Channel
Islands, he recommended that pillar boxes be trialled in St Helier,
Jersey, in 1852. The following year they were introduced to mainland
Britain, in Carlisle, and in 1855 London's first pillar box appeared.