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GPO Series: Yellow Format 
My GPO Family of books, exploring communications history... about the General Post Office (GPO), Post Office Telecommunications, British Telecom, and BT.

Andrew Emmerson (one-time Technical Press Officer with British Telecom) remarks: "John paints an engaging picture of telecommunications, all written in a highly readable language."



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My GPO Family of books

My GPO Family: Supplied for the Public Service

The full 2017 edition.

My GPO Family: Trilogy Edition
The abridged (2018) version forming the first part of the new series.

My GPO in London: Trilogy Edition
The second part in the series (2019) with over 100 black and white photos.

My GPO in London, looks at key buildings and how the organisation evolved. It's got studies of the Speaking Clock; Rugby Radio; the little-known Chronopher which disseminated GMT across the UK; the short-lived Blackfriars Power Station; the Roman Wall under the King Edward Building; How Mail Rail turned into the new Postal Museum; the construction of the PO Tower revolving platform... and lots more besides!

London's Trunks Tolls and Telex
Continuing part two (2021)

My GPO Legacy:Trilogy Edition
The third part in the series (2022)



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Synopsis 1: My GPO Family [Full and abridged versions]

My GPO Family
A retrospective snapshot of living in the Public Service of the GPO and BT...

My GPO Family
is a perfect-bound paperback telling the story of growing up, living and working in the Public Service of the GPO and BT between 1965 and 2016. Packed with an eclectic mix of personal stories, recollections, poems and thoughts of how the General Post Office evolved into the communication companies which serve us today.

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Visits and verbatim reports of the emerging heritage scene capture the essence of bygone days in a comprehensive, but easy to understand format. Although written primarily for those who worked in the telecommunication and clerical side of the business, during the 20th century, any GPO family will be able to relate to the ethos of the era. With more than 30 (black and white) illustrations/photographs, this book will take you on a journey back to a time when people proudly worked in Public Service.

Synopsis 2: My GPO in London
My GPO in London
My GPO in London looks at key GPO buildings in the St. Paul’s area, which was once known as the ‘Post Office District.’ Tracing the origins of the London HQ of the Post Office, the new book has over 100 black and white photos (many from BT Archives) depicting the activities of the GPO in the City.


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As well as the more familiar buildings, it's got studies of the Speaking Clock; Rugby Radio; the little-known Chronopher which disseminated GMT across the UK; the short-lived Blackfriars Power Station; the Roman Wall under the King Edward Building; How Mail Rail turned into the new Postal Museum; the construction of the PO Tower revolving platform... and lots more besides! This book will evoke memories of anyone who worked for the company, or who has an interest in telecoms history.

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Synopsis 3: London's Trunks, Tolls and Telex (2021)

"The gradual roll-out of Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) over 20 years (1959 to 1979) saw the most ambitious building plan across London as Trunk Units, and Sector Switching Centres (SSCs) needed vast new spaces in which to house the (mostly analogue) automatic switching equipment. This was a time-period when major switching centres still required a large operator presence for manually-connected calls too! Simultaneously, explosive growth of International Subscriber Dialling (ISD) also demanded innovative ways of handling increasing call traffic to interface with overseas networks.

None of this was simple, because new exchange buildings (generally) had to be close to the cable networks and originating/terminating traffic which they served. Even then, the crowded, densely-packed sites in London proved a challenge to the architects and town planners alike. Network, Routing, and Transmission plans of the 1930s had to be updated to serve a modern telephone service, fit for the hip, happening new-age world of the 1960s and beyond!"



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