This website is dedicated to the postal activities of W. Reginald Bray.
Bray lived for most of his life in Forest Hill, Kent from birth in 1879 to 1938 before moving to Croydon where he passed away in 1939. His lifelong passion was to send items through the post that, in one form or other, challenged the Postal system. He even had himself "delivered" on more than one occasion having paid the requisite postage. After experimenting with a number of postal curios his main focus was on the collection of autographs through the post. He sent out thousands of cards to all types of people, ranging from the Pope to the local Station Master, asking for them to return the relevant item duly autographed.
Over the years Reginald amassed over 15,000 autographs, declaring himself the Autograph King - a title that was undisputed by his peers.
More information and high quality images of some of Bray's creations can be found in the new book, "The Englishman who posted himself and other curious objects" - click on the cover picture for more details.
New discoveries and items related to Bray are posted regularly on the book's Facebook page - see panel on the right.
I would be delighted to receive any information and/or scans from anyone who can add to the knowledge base.
The BBC TV programme "The Picture Postcard World of Nigel Walmsley" included a brief feature on Bray. Click on the image below to view some more screenshots.
As featured in Picture Postcard Monthly - click here to read the article
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