My GPO Family: Supplied for the Public Service
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My GPO Family
My GPO Family: Supplied for the Public Service.









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Overview

A retrospective snapshot of living in the Public Service of the GPO and BT...

At over 400 pages, My GPO Family is a perfect-bound paperback telling the story of growing up, living and working in the Public Service of the GPO and BT between 1965 and 2016. Packed with an eclectic mix of personal stories, recollections, poems and thoughts of how the General Post Office evolved into the communication companies which serve us today. Visits and verbatim reports of the emerging heritage scene capture the essence of bygone days in a comprehensive, but easy to understand format. Although written primarily for those who worked in the telecommunication and clerical side of the business, during the 20th century, any GPO family will be able to relate to the ethos of the era. With more than 30 (black and white) illustrations/photographs, this book will take you on a journey back to a time when people proudly worked in Public Service.

This is quite a voluminous tome as my friend remarked that the parcel I sent him could have been a telephone directory?! (Albeit A5 size.)

Feedback

Simon C: "Thought I would let you know that I have finished reading your book. Took a few evenings and greatly enjoyed it."

Karen H: "I have been dipping in and out of your book; goodness you have popped a lot of thought into it!"

Andy E: "Even more impressed with your book now that I have read it through!"

Chris H: "I must say that I'm very impressed with your ability to recollect details from the start of your career."

Adam: "Well done for taking the time to help relive the awesome past."

Post Office Vehicle Club: "This book is recommended for anybody with a wider interest in telephone operations."

Dave F: "Just wanted to say what a delight it has been to read your book. So many memories revived; even your descriptions of the standard civil service office furniture and the Advice Note procedure were so evocative."

Barrie S: "Having read your book cover-to-cover, it is now with my Radio Amateur friend who worked in the Ministry of Works and PSA. It will then go to my neighbour, whose father was in BT all his life."

Colour Photos

Post Office Telephones Lineman's Van The author at BT Tower The author at Southend AMC An Openreach van  
Post Office Telephones The author at BT Tower The author at Southend AMC An Openreach van  


Seven Ages of Man totem pole at Baynard House At first the infant... Mobile Exchanges Travelling Post Office  
Seven Ages of Man At first the infant... Mobile Exchanges Travelling Post Office  


Keybridge House BT Archives MOH computers Faraday Building plaque  
Keybridge House BT Archives MOH computers Faraday Building plaque  


Dorothy Annan Murals British Telecom Manchester ERNIE  
Dorothy Annan murals BT Manchester ERNIE

BT Tower Vernon mans the Board Bletchley Park Mansion  
BT Tower Vernon mans the Board Bletchley Park Mansion

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20 July 2017:
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My GPO Family (printed book)
 
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The GPO in London (due out 2019)

Extract from my forthcoming book - The GPO in London
The GPO in London  
Mail Rail: The Journey of a Letter

It was new, brand new and technologically slick. It was old, very old; decrepit in parts. The combination of these extremes was somewhat incomprehensible. It was seemingly impractical and yet here it was in operation! I watched almost in disbelief as the low-profile carriages disappeared into the darkness of the tiny sloping tunnel ahead. Some minutes later, as a train returned slowly up the gradient, and the young driver came into view, the realisation dawned. The future was about to take us into the past. We were going on a unique journey of letter to see a worm’s eye view of how the Mail Rail trains once traversed the winding tunnels deep under London.
 

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