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Express Service 1891-1971. Courtesy of Hilary Wellstead

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The Express Service 1891-1971, by Hilary Wellsted.

Published by the Postal History Society, Booklet No. 39, London - 1986.

Brief description taken from the Preface:

Even under the Royal Post before 1632, it was possible to indicate to the postmasters en route that a letter was to be treated as express.  The endorsements 'Haste, Haste, Post Haste', have long been used and to this has been added the drawings of gallows to show the sort of punishment likely to be carried out if letters of this importance were unduly delayed.


During the intervening centuries other forms of Express have been introduced by the Post Office but  in this book, I am not proposing to deal with these.  My sole purpose is to impact the results of my own researches into the Post Office Service which was introduced in 1891, and, with a number of modifications, still exists as Royal Mail Special Delivery and Swiftair in the 1980's.

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