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General Post Office

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Senate hearing about postmaster general's overhaul of the Post Office begins

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General Post Office in Dublin, Ireland

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GENERAL POST OFFICE TELEPHONES - SOUND

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General Post Office, Bangalore

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General Post Office Advert, 1930's - Film 92040

The General Post Office (GPO) was officially established in England in 1660 by Charles II and it eventually grew to combine the functions of state postal system and telecommunications carrier. Similar General Post Offices were established across the British Empire. In 1969 the GPO was abolished and the assets transferred to The Post Office, changing it from a Department of State to a statutory corporation. In 1980, the telecommunications and postal sides were split prior to British Telecommunications' conversion into a totally separate publicly owned corporation the following year as a result of the British Telecommunications Act 1981. For the more recent history of the postal system in the United Kingdom, see the articles Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd.
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  • Early postal services 

  • Headquarters 

  • New communication systems 

  • Control of broadcasting 

  • Growth in telecommunications 

  • Banking services 

  • Reorganisation 

  • Links to the intelligence services 

  • Military links