Now here’s a rare sight – a post office without an enormous queue and a woman possibly pondering which window to go to, the choice is so great.
t’s 1978 so perhaps each position really was staffed.
Most Portsmouth readers of a certain age will instantly recognise the picture above.
It’s a view inside the then modernised General Post Office which stood on the corner of Commercial Road and Stanhope Road.
But like so much of the old institutions which, by and large, worked well, its days were numbered in the name of ‘progress’.
For this building had only a short period of life left before the new main post office in Slindon Street opened and this cornerstone of Commercial Road was demolished.
It’s impossible to imagine now, but at one time, before everyone had a phone, 30 telegram boys operated from this office.