Communication of the mail in the past

In our modern age communication is easy. We can text with our phones or send an email with attachments if there is extra info like a picture or presentation that we want the other person to see. If that fails we can always call the other person on a mobile or a landline phone line. With Apps like Duo, Zoom and Whatsapp you can even speak face to face. With packages and solid parcels that we want to send we have an extensive range of postal options such as the Same Day Courier Reading based service provided by UKTDL for example.  This can get it to the person we want usually within twenty four hours. What did we do before we had all these options to send things not just nationally but internationally as well?

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The answer is not very many. Go back just 25 years and the Royal Mail held the monopoly on reception and delivery with a few exceptions in the private sector. Mobile phones were little more than just that, phones, as the ability to use video calling was in its infancy.

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Go back even further and you have nothing but the rail industry working with the Royal Mail to ensure national deliveries. The wait for a parcel was weeks and even month’s if you lived somewhere remote. The standard line was “wait 28 days for delivery”. Unless you took a subscription then a basic order was a lengthy wait.


Further than this before the turn of the twentieth century the only way that you could get mail and parcels delivered was to use the stagecoach. This bouncy horse drawn waggon could well see the end of your parcel if it flew off into the hedgerow or worse it was stolen by a highwayman.

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