100-Year-Old Cigarette Packet Rediscovered

12th September 2018

A cigarette packet dating back more than 100 years has been discovered during renovation work at Broad Street Post Office.

The cardboard box from February 27th 1909 is marked with names that Jersey Post say match with postal workers from the time.

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The company suspects it was put there when the town Post Office first opened that same year.

The names written inside the packet are hard to decipher, but one of them appears to be F Le Gros – who ran the Millbrook Post Office at the turn of the century.

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Jersey Post’s Head of Marketing, David McGrath, says they’re keen to hear from anyone who recognises any of the names on the box:

“It may seem like just a cigarette packet, but this tiny item is full of history that is so important to preserve, both from a postal service perspective, but also from a community and society angle. Given that some of the names appear to match historical records of postal service employees from that era, we believe that the item may have been placed in the ceiling as a record of employees from that year, perhaps those involved with creating the post office at the front of Broad Street which was opened later in 1909. We would really love to speak to anyone who knows anything about one, or more, of the names written on the box.”

You can email marketing@jerseypost.com or call 616621 if you have any information about the people mentioned.

Jersey Post has handed the vintage cigarette packet over to Jersey Heritage to be placed in their archive.

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