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the post girl …

April 27, 2023

The post office was formed during the 17th century, but it was not until the late 18th century when uniformed post men and women were walking the streets and making daily delivery of letters and parcels. The out of town the post office was part of the village shop. One was able to buy stamps and post letter or parcel or money orders while buying other supplies.  Those who wished or were able could open a savings account with the initial deposit of a shilling (5p). My big sister in the story who was not the eldest and not yet married, worked in the post office and part of her duties was to take a satchel of mail and deliver it to the further community in all weathers she trudges the countryside.  While she undertook some clerical tasks it was the postmistress with more experience took overall responsibility. This job was probably more desirable for one who was good at written and mathematical work. Big sister was clever and hoped to be a postmistress one day. 

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