Post Office

  • Reference
      GB 1837 DES/RHZ/1/1/36
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      46 pieces

Scope and Content

Material relating to commissions for posters for the General Post Office (GPO) and Post Office Savings Bank (POSB):

Correspondence, 9 July 1942 - 31 March 1944, regarding commissioning of and payment for various poster designs, a kiosk sticker and an exhibit. Includes information about fees paid for the work. With a franked envelope fragment (16 pieces).

Mounted original artworks for 'Buy stamps in books' (1955) and another poster for POSB, which may never have been used (2 pieces).

14 b/w photographs of posters and other artwork by HAR for the Post Office (12 pieces).

1 colour transparency of a POSB poster

6 colour photographs of HAR's mail van posters 'Post Office Savings Bank' and 'Catch the noon post' (1942-3) as featured in an exhibition at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, February-March 1985, with an envelope annotated to this effect. 2 of the photographs are contained in clear-front pockets designed for the Royal Mail's 'Britain's second series of miniature sheets'. (7 pieces excluding pockets).

Dummy Savings Bank Account Book and 6 books of stamps, perhaps for reference or use in designs, as in 'Buy stamps in books'; with envelope from the British Philatelic Bureau, Edinburgh.

Access Information

Researchers wishing to consult the collection should make an appointment. Telephone 44 (0)1273 643217 or email

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper, ink, photographic prints and transparency (including 2 polaroids), gouache, glue and ink.

Archivist's Note

Created by Sue Breakell

Conditions Governing Use

Permission must be sought to publish any material from the collection. Email

Related Material

Original posters can be found at RHZ/4/1/1-22