Jersey's post box history, did you know... ?

A look back at history...

1794

First post office introduced on island

1840

'Penny postage' brought explosion in use of postal service

1852

First 'pillar boxes' introduced in British Isles in Jersey

1859

Green was authorised as official post box colour

1874

Red stipulated as official colour

1857

Wall boxes introduced as cheaper than pillar boxes

In 1890 there were 26 receiving offices, pillar and wall boxes in St Helier. There were also 12 sub-offices and 20 letter boxes 'in the country'.

Pillar boxes were reintroduced in the reign of Elizabeth II.

The use of the Royal mark is one of the most noticeable aspects of a post box, and boxes bearing the marks of five monarchs are to be found in Jersey. On 1st December 1952, one of the first boxes to bear the EiiR cipher was unveiled in St Helier, on the site of one of the first pillar boxes.