Photo-a-Day (Tuesday, 6th September, 2016)
The old Post Office
I can remember when this was a functioning post office.
The smell of brown paper and ink as you walked in and the sound of the rubber stamp as ( ? Gladys Armstrong)handed out postage stamps and family allowance.Also postal orders - they were a thing of past days.
Just shows what can be achieved when renovating old buildings - so quaint and I bet there is bags of room inside!
That's a lovely building. How I agree with Sue about the old post offices. Sheets of stamps were kept in a big book and sold singly if the customer wished. I loved Postal Orders and my Post Office Savings Book, when the cashier would write by hand what was put in or taken out. I used to keep a few of the withdrawal forms at home as I lliked to see them in my writing-desk and fill them in at home. There was something homely about old Post Offices that is lacking in modern ones.....same with banks; they look plastic now!
I used to live next door to the post office so knew Gladys very well
Her dad Frank used to have a window cleaning round and rode his bike with a bucket hooked on his handlebars and a wooden ladder over his shoulder.
My mother sometimes helped them with the Christmas mail and delivered post to a house in Dean wood and also the house just next to the Gathurst viaduct.
Irene you can still buy Stamps individually. The thing is about Post Offices and Banks, no-one really uses them these days. Car Tax done online, Banking online etc. I can't think why we really need P/Os in this modern day.
Thanks Irene, I think you understand where I'm coming from x
Mick I remember Gladys Armstrong very well from my days living in Shevington. Lovely lady. If I remember correctly her mum and dad used to run the post office and also lived on the premises. Frank was Gladys's Dad and had was a window cleaner. Her mum used to help out in the post office at busy times. As far as I am aware Gladys never married.