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Prestel Mailbox

What we have here are several mailbox template pages, and some of the status pages that graced the system.  The bright blue and white pages are from the initial public service.  The ones with the sort of phallic arrow symbol are from the "New" mailbox service, launched in July 1989, complete with charges!  Previously, sending messages had been free. (Although IPs had always paid to receive their response frames.)

I think the yellow 93a page was from the edit computer, Duke, based on the "Message services for IPs", and reflects the very old style of page that has a heading picked out in graphics.

One of the features of Prestel was, when using the official *90# method to sign off and disconnect, it would check to see if you had any messages waiting and if you did, present you with a warning and the option to read them.  

 P R E S T E L           93a          0p
   Prestel MAILBOX                      
   Message details                      
   3 check for new messages  *930#      
   4 see your stored messages  *931#    
   5 Bulletin board index               
   6 Telex Link main index              
   7 Shopping via Prestel               
   8 Contact the Mailbox Manager        
   This page will eventually     *****  
   display the number of new     *****  
   and stored messages waiting   *****  
   for you at any time.          *****  
   9 A-Z of Mailbox    0 Mailbox index  
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