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Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

Catherine J. Golden

Abstract

Although “snail mail” may seem old fashioned and outdated in the twenty-first century, this book argues that the creation of the Penny Post in Victorian England was just as revolutionary in its time as e-mail and text messages are today. Until Queen Victoria instituted the Postal Reform Act of 1839, mail was a luxury affordable only by the rich. Allowing anyone, from any social class, to send a letter anywhere in the country for only a penny had multiple and profound cultural impacts. The author demonstrates how cheap postage — which was quickly adopted in other countries — led to a postal “ne ... More

Keywords: snail mail, Penny Post, Victorian England, Postal Reform Act, cultural impacts, letter writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033792
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033792.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine J. Golden, author
Skidmore College