THE ENGLISHMAN WHO POSTED HIMSELF AND OTHER CURIOUS OBJECTS

JOHN TINGEY
176pp ILLUS 2010 LIST PRICE: £14.99 B803

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W Reginald Bray (1879-1939) appeared to be an ordinary middle-class Englishman living quietly as an accountant in Forest Hill, London. However, in 1898 Bray discovered from the Post Office Guide that the smallest item one could post was a bee, and the largest, an elephant. Intrigued, he decided to experiment with sending ordinary and strange objects through the post unwrapped, including a turnip, a bowler hat, a bicycle pump, seaweed, even a rabbit's skull. He eventually posted his Irish terrier and himself (not together). He also mailed cards to challenging addresses; all in the name of testing the deductive powers of the postman. Over time his passion changed and he amassed the world’s largest collection of autographs of politicians, military men, performing artists, aviators, sporting stars and many others. The book tells Bray's remarkable tale and includes delightful illustrations of some of his most amazing postal creations.