Who needs email, telephones, or radio when the postal service can delivery postcards across the seas in less than 24 hours?! (The Internet we need for this blog, of course.)
A great patron of the Collection mailed the item below on Monday, February 3rd at 4:30 pm near London, England. I picked up the postcard the next day when I got home around 4:00 pm, Toronto time. The time zone change worked in the postal services’ favour – but still that’s oversea delivery in a day!
I have experienced (very rarely) local delivery that fast, but never international!
Suitably, the item was about a revolution in communication speed – the telegraph:
Here’s the back side of the postcard:
“Hi, [X] got a bunch of postcards from his work archives. This is my favourite. Apparently the top hat was for storing his tools!”
“Front – Birmingham telegraph engineer, 1860. The electric telegraph was invented in the Uk in 1837.
Discover more at www.bt.com/archives“