The mail rail was the beating heart of the British postal system.
The rails would stop at platforms, which were quite lively. Team spirit abounded. Postal workers worked very hard to get your letter mailed on time. In the 1930's, 4 million letters were moved PER DAY! Isn't that amazing?!
Any guesses which King was first to deliver the post in Britain?
He had to keep an eye on his kingdom. Of course he did. SIGH.
Interesting side note: The stables for keeping the horses were known as posts. The name is still used today. The Post.
Being a post boy was no picnic. Your life was on the line many times just by delivering mail.
Imagine the weather they had to deal with. And the pay...I read it was 'pitiful.'
Well, we know about the iceberg and what happened as many fought for their lives in cold water. There was the many artifacts that were found after it sunk. And the people on board. We know all that, but did you know there were over 3000 mail sacks aboard? Me either. All those unread letters. There's a story there to be told. Wink wink.
We are caught up in a world of instant everything. Texts, social media. It all is a great way to communicate. Our world is moving at light speed.
They may be old fashioned, but it is such a pleasure to write to someone in my own penmanship, knowing I am spending time thinking about that one person and their own concerns. I take great pleasure when I slip that note through the outgoing mail slot at the post office. Such a tangible gift.
I'm so glad we took the time to go. Great insight.
One more tidbit:
During the war, the aim was that no area would be without posting facilities for more than 24 hours.
4385 people died in the postal system during WWII.
Pause for a moment and just think about the loyalty they had to send out mail. So many heroic efforts during the war. So many unknown heroes. It's humbling.
I will always love handwritten communication the most. Always.