'West Country Mails at the Gloucester Coffee House, Piccadilly', c1830, 1943). Creator: Unknown
'West Country Mails at the Gloucester Coffee House, Piccadilly', c1830, 1943). Coaches carrying mail between London and counties in the south-west of England. The coaches also carried passengers but conditions were cramped. Post Office employees or 'letter carriers' can be identified by their red uniforms. On the right is the establishment of Joseph Miller, 'Fish Salesman and at Billingsgate'. From "English Inns", by Thomas Burke. [Collins, London, 1943]
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Mulready's wrapper envelope, 1840 (1956). Artist: Unknown
Mulready's wrapper envelope, 1840 (1956). Decorated with designs by the artist William Mulready, these pre-paid envelopes, together with lettersheets, were introduced as part of the postal reforms instigated by the Post Office in 1840. They were brought out at the same time as the first postage stamps, but were unsuccessful and were withdrawn only two months after they were first introduced. A print from Things, a volume about the origin and early history of many things, common and less common, essential and inessential, by Readers Union, the Grosvenor Press, London, 1956.
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Mail train carrying letters to London from towns and cities in Britain, c1900. Artist: Unknown
Mail train carrying letters to London from towns and cities in Britain, c1900. It shows sorters at work on board and, inset, the way sacks of letters could be left at destinations en route or collected in a net while the train was moving at speed. From Bubbles published by Dr Barnardo's Homes for children. (London, c1900).
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