Toy Soldier Postmen and the Bath Postal Museum


Dorset Soldiers 54mm Military postman, bought gloss  prepainted from Bath Postal Museum


Scenes from a (fictional) toy soldier musical number as the lady is serenaded by postmen. Is that a bag of fan mail and love letters  all for her?



54mm Dorset Soldiers Victorian postmen, bought prepainted from Bath Postal Museum.
Some musical bobbies turn up. Oh no, it’s  turning all Mary Poppins on me. Dick Van Dyke can’t be far away. (My old Prince August 54mm toy soldier homecast creations).
The musical finale …

Over the last few years I have made two trips to Bath and popped in to the tiny, volunteer-run Bath Postal Museum (which is not open all week). Check their website for events and opening hours:

Bath Postal Museum

Dorset Soldiers Indian Army Letter carrier (again 54mm from Bath Postal Museum) and Lincoln Logs US postman from my collection.


A glimpse of the tiny Bath Postal Museum ….
Prepainted Dorset Soldiers 54mm postmen and letter carriers, bought over the last few years at the Bath Postal Musuem shop.

My late Dad would have enjoyed this tiny postal museum and may well have visited on one of his last trips to Bath over 20 years ago.

My Dad loved his lead soldiers as a wartime child. He loved our plastic ones that we played with on the floor or in his garden with him. He collected stamps with the same quiet hoarding approach that I collect job lots of broken lead toy soldiers for repair, as you can just never have enough hidden away for Christmas and birthdays. He didn’t understand people who ordered or prebought their stamp collections as they were issued. Where was the thrill of the unknown, of discovery  and the chase?

He bought me the postcard versions of many new British stamps in the 1970s and 80s whilst he collected the First Day Covers and display packs. I still have many of these, especially the military and history ones such as the British Army Uniforms issue from the 1980s and learnt much as a child  from the inserts and information inside these packs.

A selection of toy soldier postmen is a suitable parade in his memory.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on 18 January 2019.

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