An excellent example of the marvellous development of the postal system of our country is afforded by the increase which has taken place in the number of postmen employed. A little over a century since only one letter carrier was assigned to each of the largest provincial towns, such as Bristol (the then premier provincial city), Liverpool & Manchester. Now the Postmaster-General counts by the fifty thousand the blue (once scarlet) clad postman as shown in the act of clearing a street letter…

An excellent example of the marvellous development of the postal system of our country is afforded by the increase which has taken place in the number of postmen employed. A little over a century since only one letter carrier was assigned to each of the largest provincial towns, such as Bristol (the then premier provincial city), Liverpool & Manchester. Now the Postmaster-General counts by the fifty thousand the blue (once scarlet) clad postman as shown in the act of clearing a street letter…

Postcard, cartoon image of postman wearing single peaked shako and with mail bag, with woman on his knee, c.1907 (2005-0082/76).

Postcard, cartoon image of postman wearing single peaked shako and with mail bag, with woman on his knee, c.1907 (2005-0082/76).

A letter carrier, from The Illustrated Glasgow News, 30 June 1855 (POST 111/98)

A letter carrier, from The Illustrated Glasgow News, 30 June 1855 (POST 111/98)

The new uniform for the letter-carriers and mail-guard. The Illustrated London News 29 December 1860 (OB1996.41/12).

The new uniform for the letter-carriers and mail-guard. The Illustrated London News 29 December 1860 (OB1996.41/12).

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