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This book is a rare insight to the early history of the Royal Mail in Britain. Chapter 1 by Ralph Allen The beginning of the mail services in Great Britain, 1532-1764. Chapter 2 Mail Coach Era of John Palmer 1770-1818. Chapter 3 1818 Onwards, Chamber of Commerce, Old Mail Guards. Chapter 4 Victorian Era, 1837-1899, Mail transport by Railway, Traveling Post Offices. Chapter 5 Bristol Postmasters 1678 – 1899. Chapter6 Notable Post Office Servants of Bristol Origin. Chapter7 Post Office Buildings. Chapter 8 The Local Post Office in Early Days. Sir Rowland Hill, Recent Progress. Chapter 9 Bristol as a Mail Port. Chapter 10 Postal Service, Staff: Its composition, duties, responsibilities, volume of work. Chapter11 Christmas and St. Valentine Seasons. Chapter 12 Public Office, Its Business, The Savings Bank, Public Communications. Chapter 13 Telegraphs, Telephones, Express Delivery. Chapter 14 Telegraph Messengers. Chapter 15 Letter Delivery System, Postman: Their Duties and Recreations. Chapter 16 Post Letter Boxes, Position, Violation, Peculiar Uses. Chapter 17 Rural District Sub-Postmasters, Rural Postman Incidents. Chapter 18 General Free Delivery of Letters. Chapter 19 Returned Letter Office Bristol. 1899. 8vo., First Ed, with a frontispiece (original tissue guard present), 19 plates and 7 illustrations in the text; twentieth century red cloth, gilt back. Endpapers with some foxing & small contemporary indelible stamps a very good, bright copy. Uncommon and hard to find.