Brief history of GPO

The GPO (General Post Office) was created by Oliver Cromwell's Parliament in 1657, which declared: 'There shall be one General Post Office and one officer styled the Postmaster-General of England.' However, Charles II recognised none of Cromwell's laws so issued a very similar act in 1660, which confirmed the formation of The Post Office. The law made the GPO the sole carrier of post in the UK and forbade all competition. In 1870 GPO took control of Britain's telegraph network and assumed complete control of the telephone network in 1912. From then on the GPO was monopoly supplier of both the telephone and telegraph networks until 1982, when the first carrier was licensed in competition with the new British Telecom (successor to Post Office Telecommunications).

The original GPO Telephones were produced by the General Post Office in the UK from the advent of the telephone in the mid-19th century, right up to the late 20th Century whilst the telephone network was still a publicly run service. Within that one hundred and fifty year period the GPO released a huge amount of memorable and sturdy phones designed for everyday use which were eventually discontinued as the company was turned into a private corporation in the 1980s and technology moved on to satisfy a demand for cheaper products.

 

Mission and Values

Retro design inspires everything we do, but our love of modern innovation powers us. Our products are inspired by retro, but created with care.

A fresh and innovative addition to the retail market, ProTelX was established in September 2008 with the aim of designing, developing and manufacturing high quality consumer electronic goods.

ProTelX are specialists in bespoke manufacturing projects to meet specific needs. We offer a range of telecom products from professional office headsets to classic, yet contemporary retro inspired consumer goods.

This isn't about recreating retro designs, instead creating them authentically while injecting them with a modern inspiration and vitality. There's a passion and inspiration characterised by our attention to detail which affects every level of business from briefing manufacturers to talking to customers.

These products are something you choose to add colour to your life, you want one because it's nostalgic and cool. You keep it because it's fun and beautiful. Each design is inspired and fuelled by a desire to innovate. It reminds us of the balance, and the core value of GPO driven by a love of the past but bringing it bang up to date.

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