Sunday, 6 January 2013
Two PHQ stamp cards showing the blackest of a series of five stamps issued in 1984 by the Royal Mail to commemorate the bicentenary of the original Bath Mail Coach of 1784. Before 1784, mail deliveries were made by post-boys on horseback with the result that mail was slow and liable to be stolen. John Palmer persuaded William Pitt to try sending the mail by coach. The trial was highly successful and so the mail coach service was born. It lasted until rail services took over in the mid 1800s.
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