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Queen Victoria’s Personal Letter Box Dating Back 140 Years is Unearthed–With a Christmas Card Inside

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Queen Victoria’s miniature mailbox which she used to send letters and cards during her reign 140 years ago has been unearthed.

The 30 inch tall box, which was carved into the style of a Royal Mail’s ‘pillar box,’ was recently discovered in a cottage in Surrey, intriguingly with an undelivered Christmas card inside.

The beautiful wooden table letterbox, engraved with the royal cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), dates back to the 1880s.

“We can only imagine the tone and content of the notes the queen must have placed inside but one thing we can be certain of is that she enjoyed sending letters and cards,” said Charles Hanson of Hansons Auctioneers, who is handling the sale.

“Her profile featured on the Penny Black, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp issued in 1840.

Queen Victoria ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901.

She used the box to mail her letters and cards while she stayed at Osborne House, her favourite holiday destination on the north coast of the Isle of Wight built for her and her husband Prince Albert as a rural retreat.

The card inside was not sent or received by the former monarch and is believed to have been given to the seller’s family in the 1970s.

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1930: The year Shawkey managed Ruth and Gehrig

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The New York Yankees needed a manager.

Beloved skipper Miller Huggins, who endured the hardships and many trials and tribulations of dealing with troublesome Babe Ruth and a rowdy roster at the beginning of the decade, was in firm control as manager of baseball’s most powerful franchise in 1929.

But he was sick and by Sept. 25, Huggins died due to complications from an infection of a carbuncle, or large boil, on his face.

The Yankees were in second place and eliminated from the American League pennant race by the Philadelphia A’s, who were on their way to the first of three straight World Series appearances, when they were set to play the Boston Red Sox. Coach Art Fletcher finished out the season as interim manager.

Fletcher didn’t want the job moving forward. Yankees management, owner Colonel Jacob Ruppert and general manager Ed Barrow, went searching for Huggins’ replacement. A couple of former players, Donie Bush and future Hall of Famer Eddie Collins, turned down offers.

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