Notes from the Past

Moveable Box

For many years moveable posting-boxes were placed on board various cross-channel steamers plying between England and the continent.  They were first used as early as the 1840s and their use was regularized under the Anglo-French Postal Convention of 1856.  Letters posted in these boxes received special postmarks inscribed variously 'Moveable box', 'Boite Mobile', or the initials 'M.B.' or 'B.M.'  Moveable box facilities were removed shortly before the Second World War.
 
 
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
  Posted December 27, 1999 

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