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Postal Services!
The shoe letter box

The local post office has organised a wonderful way of communicating with the loved ones back home. The post box at the Old Post Offoce Tree on the Museum grounds can be used to post postcards and letters. A special frank is stamped on all outgoing mail to commemorate the fact that South Africa's first post office was this tree! The reason behind the boot-shaped letter box, is that it is presumed that the first letters were left at this old tree from the 1500's in a sailor's boot!!

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