Telegram Sam

It was the postcard fair at Hayward’s Heath on Saturday. I was on the lookout for new source materials for our cards and found these:


They’re old greetings telegrams issued by the General Post Office in the 1950s. One is designed by Stanley Herbert and the other is signed K. Atkins. You can see a few more examples of GPO telegrams on this flickr group and if you’re really interested in finding out more, try the British Postal Museum & Archive. I love them as examples of an old fashioned means of communication but also for the glimpse they give us into 20th century design.


4 thoughts on “Telegram Sam

  1. The bottom one is my favourite too – I love that it seems to have been designed with every possible occasion in mind! Thanks for the tip about the book, I’ve added it to my Christmas list.

  2. Pingback: The ghosts of Christmas past | Retro Bureau

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