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Over the years, he posted, unwrapped, an onion, pipe, bicycle pump, clothes brush, shirt, drawing slate and clump of dried seaweed.
The fact these had been delivered only encouraged Bray to become ever more daring. He was particularly fascinated by the rules on live creatures, discovering that the smallest that could be posted was a bee and the largest an elephant.
On page 37 of the Post Office Guide, in a paragraph entitled ‘Exceptional Express Services’, he read that ‘a dog furnished with a proper collar and chain may be, at the discretion of the postmaster, taken to its address on payment of a mileage charge’.
And so on February 10, 1900, he and Bob turned up at Forest Hill Post Office to test out this rule.