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The Penny Post: 1680–1918

Frank Staff
Item #: D52458
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 219 / 1992
Publisher: Lutterworth
ISBN: 9780718828783
No Longer Available

An authoritative account of the growth of Britain's Penny Post, originally published in 1964, this book is illustrated throughout with black and white images of cards, stamps, documents, and correspondence. As much a social history as a philatelic one, it describes how the need to provide a cheap means of communication between peoples at home and abroad was not only obvious to many but was fought for by figures like Elihu Burritt and Henniker Heaton with missionary zeal. Beyond chronicling the history of reform, the book describes items that may still be obtained by the collector.

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