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Letterboxes offer unique historical trail

Neil Costa, the minister responsible for Postal Services, yesterday launched a new booklet based on the historical trail of Gibraltar’s ‘Royal’ letterboxes found along Main Street from Casemates to the Trafalgar Cemetery.

Following the Rock’s acquisition of the rare Edward VIII letter box in 2014, installed in 2015 beside the premises of the Gibraltar Heritage Trust – the Main Guard, has meant Gibraltar can now boast the only known street that has an example of a letter box from each British Monarch. Letterboxes were first introduced in 1852 during the Reign of Queen Victoria.

Completing the collection locally has allowed officials to launch this “historically important trail” said Mr Costa.

“This project culminated with the incredible acquisition of the Edward VIII letter box and the realization, as described by Richard Garcia in his subsequent article to the Royal Philatelic Society, that Gibraltar is unique in its ‘Right Royal Street’,” he said.

The information included in the leaflet has been compiled by the Royal Gibraltar Post Office assisted by Richard Garcia and with input from the Gibraltar Heritage Trust. Published by the RGPO the leaflet is sponsored by former Mayor Momy Levy and his company Solomon Levy Estate Agents.

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