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History of post office transport

1883: postal workers using handcarts to transport burgeoning loads, as the introduction of Parcels Post in August of that year meant that the volume of mail increased

An exhibition of postal transport history is being unveiled at Coventry Transport Museum. Here postal workers in 1883 use handcarts to cope with the introduction of Parcels Post

1880: postal workers using five wheeled centre-cycles in Horsham, Sussex - the experiment was deemed a failure and they never entered wider service

1880: Postal workers using five wheeled centre-cycles in Horsham, Sussex - the experiment was deemed a failure and they never entered wider service

1914: one of the women employed to drive the horse-drawn mail vans during World War l

1914: One of the women employed to drive the horse-drawn mail vans during World War l

1924: postal workers using 125cc motorcycles for the first time

1924: Postal workers using 125cc motorcycles for the first time

1971: a reliant three-wheeled van for mail work - unpopular with drivers, they were withdrawn in 1973

1971: A reliant three-wheeled van for mail work - unpopular with drivers, they were withdrawn in 1973

1945: a Morris Z van in wartime livery with wings and bumpers painted white to allow for greater visibility

1945: A Morris Z van in wartime livery with wings and bumpers painted white to allow for greater visibility




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Postal vans are sent to Coventry
10 Jul 06 |  Coventry/Warwickshire



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