21st December

The last posting date has passed, the GPO have nothing more to say to us.  But fear not, there are plenty enough Advent posters to see us through until Christmas.

You have probably decorated the tree already, but this lot have left it a bit late.

Gilroy Guinness Time Christmas poster 1958

Still, I like their style.

It’s Gilroy, of course, for Guinness in 1958.  I don’t need to say any more really, do I.

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Number 20

It could only really be this today.

Lewitt Him vintage GPO poster 1941 post early

Which is by Lewitt Him and dates from 1941.

As has been pointed out in the comments, the last posting day on all of these posters has been a very consistent 20th December throughout, even in wartime, which is very British and reassuring.

But what intrigued me is that there is no mention of first or second class post – just different posting days for parcels or cards and letters.  So I asked the BPMA, who told me that first and second class was only introduced in 1968.  I’d always thought – that like first and third class railway carriages – it was the invention of the Victorians.  But now I know – better informed thanks to the internet (and the lovely postal archive people).

Don’t panic though, in this modern age of segregated post, you can still get your first class items off tomorrow.

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Door 19

Hans Unger yesterday, Hans Unger today.  The GPO certainly kept him busy in the 1950s and 60s.

Hans Unger vintage post early poster GPO 1958

He designed this in 1958, and very lovely it is too.  But please don’t set fire to any post boxes on its account, that would be very inconsiderate.

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the 18th

Today is the last posting day for Second Class Post, so in honour of that, not one but two posters.

Hans Unger vintage GPO poster post early 1952

Interestingly, they are both from 1952.  The smiling Christmas trees above are by Hans Unger, while the festive present train below was designed by T Davis.

T Davis vintage GPO post shop early poste r1952

Two in one year is a bit unusual, but the BMPA catalogue suggests that the Davis poster was designed to go in shop windows rather than post offices.  So off you go then,there’s still time.

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17th December

Through the window today, a reminder for those of you who have an office Christmas party tonight.

Mount Evans COI Christmas driving poster 1963

The under-recognised brilliance of Mount Evans produced this for the COI in 1963.  As true today as it ever was.

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Door 16

Today, we have hit a problem.  Which is that I failed to photograph a couple of the best Post Early posters before they went off to be framed.  So today, you get some pictures in frames.  Sorry about that.

Henrion post early poster 1949 reindeer vintage GPO

This irresistible chap is by Henrion, from winter 1949, while the dancing holly below is by Hass from Christmas 1953.

Hass post early vintage GPO poster dancing holly Winter 1953

Not so good for the blog, but rather pleasant for us –  here they are in context on the Post Early wall at Crownfolio Towers.

post early wall here

Because a good Christmas poster isn’t just for Advent.  Not here at least.

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