Different Types Of Post Box

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Choosing a Service for Mailing

Shape + Speed + Cost = Service

The MailboxWorks, the nation’s leading retailer of post mount mailboxes, offers a wide variety of residential mailbox post styles including fluted posts, angular posts, tiered posts, modern posts, plus many, many others.

SHAPESPEEDCOSTSERVICE

70 lbs or less
1 or 2 days
money-back guarantee
$$$
based on weight, and distance
Priority Mail Express

70 lbs or less
1, 2, 3 days
on average
$$
based on weight, shape, and distance
Priority Mail


13 oz or less


3.5 oz or less

1-3 days$
based on weight and shape
First-Class Mail
First Class Package
Service - Retail

70 lbs or less
2-8 days*$
based on weight, shape, and distance
USPS Retail Ground**

70 lbs or less
2-8 days*$
based on weight
Media Mail**
* Except off-shore locations
**Not available for international shipping

Several mailing services are available to fit your needs.

Priority Mail Express®

Letters, large or thick envelopes, tubes, and packages containing mailable items can be sent using Priority Mail Express. This money-back guaranteed service includes tracking and insurance up to $100. Additional merchandise insurance up to $5,000 may be purchased. Sunday, holiday, as well as early in the day delivery is available to many destinations for an additional fee. Select Priority Mail Express packaging is available at the Post Office. All Priority Mail Express packaging can be ordered online at www.usps.com/store.

Priority Mail®

Letters, large or thick envelopes, tubes, and packages containing mailable items can be sent using Priority Mail. This service is typically used to send documents, gifts, and merchandise. Select Priority Mail packaging is available at the Post Offices. All Priority Mail packaging can be ordered at www.usps.com/store.

First-Class Mail®

Postcards, letters, large envelopes, and small packages can be sent using First-Class Mail. This service is typically used for personal and business correspondence and bills.

First-Class Package Service – Retail™

Packages can be sent using First-Class Package Service - Retail. This service is typically used for personal shipping.

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USPS Retail Ground™

Small and large packages, thick envelopes, and tubes containing gifts and merchandise can be sent domestically using USPS Retail Ground.

Media Mail®

Small and large packages and thick envelopes can be sent domestically using Media Mail. Contents are limited to books, manuscripts, sound recordings, and certain other educational materials. Formerly called “Book Rate”, Media Mail cannot contain advertising, except eligible books may contain incidental announcements of books.

Speed depends on distance. Mail takes longer to travel across the country than to travel across town.

Flat Rate packaging is available in many convenient sizes for Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail, and can be used for domestic and international mailings. Flat Rate shipping lets you send your items for a low Flat Rate price.

See the Flat Rate Quick Reference section for additional details, including international weight restrictions and options.

Calculate Postage for the shape, weight, and destination of your mail at pe.usps.com.

If you live in the United Kingdom or have recently visited, you may have noticed that British red post boxes have some writing on them. There are two most common post boxes that can be categorized by their embossed writing:

  • The GR post box
  • The ER post box.

What is the meaning of these letters on the postboxes?

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On many postboxes, the clue to the meaning of these letters is on the postbox itself because you’ll often find these letters seen right next to a crown.

The letters are called the “Royal Cypher” and they signify the King or Queen that was the monarch at the time when the postbox was erected.

A GR post box was put up during the era of King George (G stands for George, R stands for Rex, which is King in Latin). If there are no more letters around the GR, then it’s likely from the period of King George V, and if it’s from the era of King George VI you may notice a little “VI” next to the GR.

An ER post box was set up either during the rule of King Edward or during the time of Queen Elizabeth (E standing for Elizabeth or Edward, and R standing either for Rex or for Regina which is Queen in Latin). To know the exact monarch the postbox is honoring, have a look at the accompanying numbers. For example, if you notice a little “II” near the ER it indicates the postbox was installed in the era of Elizabeth II rather than in Edwardian times. Likewise, a “VII” or “VIII” after the ER indicates the E stands for Edward. You’ll never see a postbox from Elizabeth I’s era since she reigned between 1558-1603, long before the first red pillar post box was put up (in 1853).

Although GR and ER postboxes are perhaps the most commonly seen post boxes, you may also spot a VR on occasion. Next time you’re next to a post box, look out for these letters to work out when it was installed:

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  • VR post box – Queen Victoria (postbox put up between 1853-1901)
  • ER VII post box – Edward VII (postbox put up between 1901-1910)
  • GR post box – George V (postbox put up between 1910-1936)
  • ER VIII post box – Edward VIII (postbox put up between 20 January 1936 – 11 December 1936 before he abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson)
  • GR VI post box – George VI (aka Bertie from the King’s Speech: postbox put up between 1936-1952)
  • ER II post box – Elizabeth II (postbox put up between 1952-recently)

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