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  • This red post box
    inscribed VR (Victoria Royal)
    celebrates how mail was
    organised in the past.

    I walk to this red letter box
    to post birthday cards and
    letters, ten minutes
    from my home,
    knowing that many would
    prefer to send an on line

    But is it the same, hearing
    a letter fall through
    your door, as opening
    an loving message on line?
  • 'Although there had been some postal or messenger services in earlier times, it was with the start of the Victorian era that the Royal Mail really got under way. Rowland Hill established a uniform postal system by which a letter could be posted any distance for a standard price. In January 1840 the Uniform Penny Post started, the fee being 1d (1 penny) for letters or 2d if the letter was collected from the writer and delivered. In May, the same year, the first adhesive postage stamp, and probably the most famous, was introduced, the Penny Black. It soon became apparent that black had not been a good choice of colour, as it was difficult to see a cancellation mark, and it was soon changed to a dark red. The Penny Red was to continue for decades. There were many changes and improvements made including the introduction of perforation in 1854 and embossing in 1847.'
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