Milk churns and mail sacks at Paddington Station, London 1908.
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Milk churns and mail sacks on a platform at the Great Western Railway's Paddington Station, Christmas 1908. In the early 1900s the amount of milk being brought into London by rail was rising rapidly, to supply the growing urban market. In 1908 over 60 million gallons of milk were carried into the capital. However, the GWR's parcel delivery service was beginning to face competition from road transport, especially after 1906 when the post office introduced motor vehicles to carry parcels. From an archive of about 400,000 photographic negatives from various British Railways and constituent companies' photographic collections, formerly known as the OPC (Oxford Publishing Company) Collection.