Notes from the Past

Pillar Boxes

The first of four hexagonal pillar boxes for the collection of mail were erected in Great Britain on 23 October 1852 in Jersey; and 3 in Guernsey, as an experiment devised by Anthony Trollope the novelist, then a G.P.O. surveyor in the S.W. district of which the Channel Islands formed a part.  They had, however, been used in France several years previously.  There are now about 900,000 boxes of all types in use in the British Isles.

Pillars, or Pillar Blocks

Type-set or engraved 'filling' on wide stamp margins to prevent the use of blanks by counterfeiters.

- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
Posted February 24, 2000

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