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Munnar’s Pride: Kerala’s Oldest Post-Box Turns 100

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Munnar: The oldest post-box of Kerala located in Munnar turned 100 years old, according to the report by New Indian Express.

The centenary was of the post-box celebrated by Kanan Devan Hill Produce Co Ltd. Before the compact mobile phones or smartphones came into existence, letters were the only means of communication through which the plantation workers in Munnar would connect to their family members. This post-box played a vital role in those times.

The postal department under the British government opened post offices at Munnar in 1918 and Devikulam in 1890 respectively.

The post-box was established in Munnar during 1920.

Munnar post master K Murugaiah told TNIE, “Though the postal service started earlier, the dedicated post box was issued to the company in 1920 as per our records. It is the oldest post box in the state and also figures among the oldest in the country. The postal department had provided a box and a postal bag with keys to the company. None other than officials from the department and the company could open the box.”

“The Kanan Devan Hills Plantation Co has been maintaining the post box all these years, keeping alive the legacy of postal service. As a mark of our respect, we honoured the company by presenting a memento on the occasion of the postal week,” he added.

The old post office was in a small cottage which was shifted in 1928.

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