Ever since Edwardian times, the Post Office has been a focal point for the local community.
The excitement of activity inside was captured by this toy outfit. Here were all the ingredients any child would need to re-enact the fun of serving customers – stamps and envelops, registered letters and postal orders, telegram forms and money orders, postcards and post bank forms.
Still in the 1950s and 1960s these activity boxes, full of pretend play, were popular, but interest has declined in recent decades.
Does anyone today play behind the counter?
Discover the fascinating history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day at the Museum of Brands.