Letter carriers' office, 1844.
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Engraving taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. The postal reorganisation of 1844 asimilated the 'Penny Post', which since its inception as a government establishment in 1682, had been treated as a separate Department with its own premises, officers, staff and uniform, into the London and District Post Office. The invention of the travelling postal services and the introduction of prepaid postage stamps and daily deliveries to cope with an ever-increasing volume of letters and thus a need for a more comprehensive system of mail sorting and carrying.