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Appeal for post box information

Do you remember this child-sized post box from Fazakerley Cottage Homes?

small traditional postbox displayed in hotel lobby

The post box on display in the Radisson SAS Hotel as part of Museum of Liverpool on the road in 2007.

This special post box from Fazakerley children’s home is on display in the People's Republic gallery

Do you remember using it when it was at the children's home? Curator of community history Kay Jones is looking for any memories or information anyone may have about the post box, no matter how small or insignificant.

Please email Kay Jones with any information you may have.

Background information about the post box

National Museums Liverpool has had the post box since 1964 when Fazakerley children’s home closed.

The children’s home, or Cottage Homes as they were known, opened in 1889 and had 21 separate cottages for 584 children. On the site there were also schools, a swimming pool, farm buildings and gardens.

According to an article in the Liverpool Echo at the time, the post box was specially made for the children to post their letters and cards, and that when the homes closed it was rescued by a member of the Post Office staff.

When a new owner was advertised for, so many requests were received from children's homes across Merseyside that it was decided that the fairest answer was to donate it to the museum for everyone to enjoy. The children however were not left disappointed as replicas of the post box were made, filled with sweets and delivered to the various homes.