peter willis postboxes

Peter Willis, retired postman in England, intends to photograph all of Britain’s 115,000 postboxes. So far, he has photographed 2,500 of them. He started when he retired in 2007.

Today Peter was interviewed on BBC Radio 4, click here to listen. 


Peter and his wife Diane live in Worcester, county town of Worcestershire in the East Midlands of England.

He has a list of every postbox from Royal Mail. Once he’s taken a picture of a box, he strikes it off the list.”

Not only does he have the list, he has programmed his GPS to beep when he passes a postbox.

Peter is thrilled that he lives near a rare postbox, one bearing the insignia of King Edward VIII. Only 160 boxes were made during his short reign.

Diane accompanies Peter on many of his trips. She often needs to stand guard when he’s out in the middle of a road to get a good shot of a postbox. She also needs to explain to onlookers that Peter is not mad.”

Peter clearly qualifies to be on the list of Dull Men of the Year.