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Post Office Counter

Post office counter is the window of NIPOST or any other postal establishment. Post office counter is where transactions are made.
Example (1) Selling of postage stamps (2) Registration of letters, delivery of registered mails, etc. This wooden post office counter dates back to 1852 when postal services were introduced in Lagos by the British Government.

Drop Bag Fitting

Drop bag fittings are well constructed metal devices fitted in mail bags where large postal packets and parcels are sorted according to their destinations. This came into use in the late 19th century.

Sorting Rack

This is a wooden or metallic frame with rectangular pigeon holes for handling of outbound, Inbound and Local correspondences, going to private mail bags and are all separated/ sorted and kept in the rack awaiting final delivery to their respective addresses. This wooden frame was introduced when postal services were introduced to Lagos in 1852 by the British Government.

Old Mail Bags

Old mail bags dates back to 1863. It was first made of leather satchels for free delivery service letter carriers to carry mails before the advent of parcel post in 1913 and in 1973 Leather satchel was replaced with Canvass ones.

Grand (T) Key

This is a type of a conventional door-lock key designed in T-shape and used to lock mails in their wooden box housing, and it dates back to 1852 when it was used at the Lagos post office.

511A Letter Scale

The 511A Letter Scale is a low cost mechanical Postal Scale manufactured by Salter in England for use in the mid-20th century. The key features of the scale include angled dial face for easier readability and ribbed letter platform to provide stability for weighing cylindrical parcels.

Salter 'scale' Improved Dynamometer

This is a 1920's brass faced 'Dynamometer', manufactured by Salter and made in England. It has a cast iron body with four large springs and two large apertures for fixing to the wire guide ropes. It was used to measure the weight of big mail bags and other postal item in the post offices. It was also used to measure the stress or strength on wire ropes on a huge Industrial land crane. The brass face is calibrated in 25lb units to 4500lb and is marked 'Salter Improved Dynamometer'.

Arnold Percision Scale

This is a mid-20th Century lacquered Brass Beam Postal Airmail Letter Balance called Arnold Precision Scales, used to weigh Airmail postal mails. It is a product of Redhill, Surrey, England.

Balance Spring Scale

The Balance Spring Scale apparatus is simply a spring fixed at one end with a hook to attach an object at the other. It works by Hooke's Law, which states that the force needed to extend a spring is proportional to the distance that spring is extended from its rest position. Therefore the scale markings on the spring scale are equally spaced. The first spring balance scale in Britain was made around 1770 by Richard Salter of Bilston, near West Bromwich.

Post Office Guide

This is a printed item in the form of books sold or given to customers as a guide meant to inform the customers about the types of services offered by the postal service of any country. The post office guide also has the post office box addresses and private mail bags of every individual, private and public companies or organizations in the country. It was put in use in the early 20th century.