In the past twenty years or so I have built a private post office museum in a corner of my house. It contains postal material not made of paper: official post office letter boxes, postal vending machines, postal signs, letter scales, stamp and label dispensers, postmarks and instructional stamps/seals (the actual tools), ink pads and so on. Viewing by appointment is possible and I won't even charge an entrance fee!
If you have postal objects for sale or spot them on the internet or in a real shop, please alert me now and in the future, including by private message. I would be happy to consider a finder’s fee if an extraordinary deal materializes.
Many such items are bulky, but I will pay parcel postage or even freight if I truly fancy an item! However, my space is limited, so flat items (signs) are great and letter boxes constitute pretty much the limit in terms of bulkiness.
The only oversized item I would love to have is an entire "Wild West" antique post office front with P. O. Boxes and counter window. No phone booths please, no trunks, no carts, no mailman’s bicycle.
I do not generally collect:
- Small giveaways and promotional or souvenir items.
- Textile or leather items (uniforms or parts, flags, mailmen's bags). However, I already have several mail bags and might consider additional bags if they are particularly pretty, unusual, exotic or cheap.
- Private (household) letter boxes for receiving mail; private stamp-vending machines.
- Items that are not verifiably authentic or durable: no modern hand-painted or laser-printed signs.
- Dual-use equipment that is not conspicuously post office-related: no generic ink pad even if once used in a post office, no office chair or handheld barcode scanner if all it has is a post office inventory sticker.
- Telephone, telegraph, courier service or post bank items.