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The evolution of uniforms from the earliest 'General Post Letter Carrier (1793 - 1855) to:
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Post Office Reference Article 'Practical Information For All'  1938.

The following article & above illustrations were taken from an Odhams Press Limited       publication called 'Practical Information For All' which was published just prior to WWII (circa 1938)
The publication's reference on the Post Office - Royal Mail,,listed under 'Community Services' was quite extensive & detailed, published below is an interesting sample of what the article contained.
  
Postal Rates to Eire

It should be noted that although the rates for postage to Eire are the same as internal (UK) postage for letters, postcards, printed papers & newspapers, they differ for parcels. For parcels the rates are: up to 2lb:   6d, up to 5lb:  9d,  up to 8lb 1 shilling, Up to 11lb (the maximum weight) 1s & 3d. For Eire the size limit for letters is 2 feet in length..
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Editor:  A parcel weighing (11lb) Almost 5kg sent for just 15 pence, Also imagine a two foot letter!

Forbidden Articles

The following articles are forbidden to be sent through the post:
Betting advertisements if related to an illegal business, 
Contraband. Counterfeit bank or currency notes & postage stamps.
Dangerous articles, including explosives (not Christmas crackers) . Inflammable,  corrosive, noxious  or otherwise harmful substances , & sharp instruments not  properly protected.
Filth.
Fortune-telling advertisements.
Indecent, obscene or grossly offensive  communications, photographs etc.
Living creatures , with the exception of bees, leeches, & silk worms which have been properly packed.
Lottery tickets, or advertisements.
Moneylenders’ circulars if sent unsolicited.
Packets bearing used postage stamps, (other than those sent to the  wrong address & forwarded without being opened)..........................

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