Not too long ago, the Post Office used to employ cats to keep sacks of letters mouse-free. The most famous was Tibs the Great, who worked at Post Office headquarters in London for 14 years and was officially paid 2s 6d per week. His successor Blackie served until 1984, when rodent-proof plastic sacks were phased in. Now the new Postal Museum is reviving the custom and recruiting its own post cat.
Twelve feline volunteers will become Postal Museum Cats for a month each, with recruitment on a rolling basis. It’s only a ceremonial role, so the cats will be working from home, but they will get a starring role on the Postal Museum website. Oh, and the application process is via Instagram, so we’ve been treated to some incredibly cute photos of cats in post hats. Enjoy!
Applications are open now via #jobsfurcats.
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