Treasure 9, Tuesday 12 October
Child-sized post box
This child-sized post box was specially made for the children at Fazakerley Children’s Home to post their letters and cards. 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. When the Home closed in 1964 the special post box 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 the fairest answer was to donate it to National Museums Liverpool 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. You will be able to see it in the new Museum of Liverpool which opens in summer 2011. Find out more about the post box.