The General Penny or A New Post Under Government.
J. Grieve, Printer. [London, n.d., c.1844.]
Zincograph (lithograph), fragment, very scarce, sheet 250 x 260mm. 9¾ x 10¼". Outer edges scuffed and paper staining.
Political satire on the postal reorganisation of 1844, which assimilated the ‘Penny Post’ - which since its inception as a government establishment in 1682, had been treated as a separate Department with its own premises, officers, staff and uniform - into the London and District Post Office. The invention of the travelling postal service, the introduction of prepaid postage stamps and daily deliveries necessitated reform to cope with an ever-increasing volume of letters and a need for a more comprehensive system of mail sorting and carrying. The headquarters of the General Post Office in St Martins-le-Grand in the City of London in the background. The illustrated title page to a musical score or other publication.
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